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

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


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




Gobelins, France (Place created)




Silk and wool; modern cotton support straps and lining


368 × 406 cm (144 7/8 × 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.

1772 - 1786

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


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.


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.


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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