Tapestry: La Poltronnerie de Sancho à la chasse, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: La Poltronnerie de Sancho à la chasse, from L'Histoire de don Quichotte Series

Artist/Maker(s):

Woven 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(s):

Gobelins, France (Place created)

Date:

1772

Medium:

Silk and wool; modern cotton support straps and lining

Dimensions:

368 x 406 cm (144 7/8 x 159 13/16 in.)

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In an episode from the story of Don Quixote, based on the enormously popular romance novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the armored knight Don Quixote leads a hunt for wild boar while his terrified companion, Sancho, climbs a tree trunk to the left.

All four of the Getty Museum's Don Quixote tapestries feature a surrounding decoration known as the alentours. This elaborate frame represents a damask wall covering festooned with thick garlands of fruit and flowers. The picture frame rests on a base piled with armor, an axe, flags, and two cornucopia spilling fruit. The tapestry's title is woven in yellow thread at the bottom.

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.

Exhibitions
The Story of Don Quixote by Charles-Antoine Coypel, Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries (February 25 to May 17, 2015)
  • The Frick Collection, (New York), February 24 to May 27, 2015