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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S103
Pair of Three-panel Screens (paravents)
1714 to 1740
Wool and linen; cotton twill gimp; wooden interior frame; modern velvet lining
The Savonnerie workshops, the royal manufactory that provided carpets, screens, and covers for chairs and benches for the sole use of the French royal household, made this pair of three-panel screens of knotted woolen pile. Such screens were known as paravents (against the wind) and were usually kept folded in the corners of dining rooms or anterooms of the palaces. When needed, servants would arrange the screens to protect the occupants from drafts.
The Savonnerie manufactory produced eight different designs for screens, of which the Getty Museum's examples are the tallest. Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay provided the