Tapestry: Le Repas de Sancho dans l'Ile de Barataria, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: Le Repas de Sancho dans l'Ile de Barataria, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Artist/Maker:

Woven at the Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)
under the direction of Michel Audran (French, 1701 - 1771)
and his son Jean Audran fils (French, died 1794, active Gobelin Manufactory 1771 - 1794)
after the painting by Charles-Antoine Coypel (French, 1694 - 1752)
the alentours were designed in collaboration by Claude Audran III (French, before 1658 - 1734)
Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils (French, 1668 - 1730)
Alexandre-François Desportes (French, 1661 - 1743)
and Valande

Culture:

French

Place:

Gobelins, France (Place created)

Date:

1770 - 1772

Medium:

Wool and silk; modern cotton lining

Dimensions:

370.8 × 507.5 cm (146 × 199 13/16 in.)

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In an episode from the highly popular romance by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra of The Story of Don Quixote series, the tapestry designer copied the painter Charles-Antoine Coypel's image of Sancho, the companion of Don Quixote, in a palatial setting. A gilt chandelier fitted with burning candles hangs above, and a buffet set with ceremonial silver stands against the back wall. To the right, the bearded and bespectacled figure of the doctor points to the table with a long stick. On his orders, the pages bring various dishes and then whisk them away as he declares their contents detrimental to Sancho's health.

Around the central scene, the tapestry also features an elaborate surrounding decoration known as the alentours. Amid the garlands of flowers and fruit, two hanging bronze medallions contain profiles of knights. Two monkeys also play in the long garlands on the right and left. The monkey on the right dangles a long lance in the direction of the three sheep below, who scatter. In the opposite corner amid a pile of books, a spotted spaniel points at the other monkey above. The title tapestry's title is woven in yellow thread in the bottom center.

This tapestry was woven at Gobelins under the direction of Michel Audran and his son Jean Audran fils. The alentours were designed by Claude Audran III, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils, Alexandre-François Desportes, and Valande.

Provenance
1772 - 1786

French Crown, Manufacture Royale des Meubles de la Couronne (Paris, France)

1786

King Louis XVI of France, French, 1754 - 1793, given to Albert and Marie-Christine, duke and duchess of Saxe-Teschen, on August 20, 1786.

1786 - 1822

Albert, duke of Saxe-Teschen and Joint Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, German, 1738 - 1822, and installed in the Tarockisches Haus (subsequently called the Albertina), Vienna, by 1820.

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and Marie-Christine, duchess of Saxe-Teschen and Joint Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, Austrian, 1742 - 1792, (sister of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France)

1822 - 1847

Karl Ludwig Johann Joseph Lorenz, duke of Teschen, German, 1771 - 1847

1847 - 1895

Albrecht Friedrich Rudolph, duke of Teschen, German, 1817 - 1895

1895 - 1936

Friedrich Maria Albrecht Wilhelm Karl, duke of Teschen, German, 1856-1936 (Schloss Haltburn, Burgenland, Austria; London, England), removed by him to London, 1936.

1967

Alice Bucher (Lucerne, Switzerland) [unsold, Sotheby's, London, December 8, 1967, lot 1]

1981 - 1982

Roland Romer (Zurich, Switzerland) [sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, June 14, 1982, no. 571, to the J. Paul Getty Museum]

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