Tapestry: La Collation, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: La Collation, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Artist/Maker:

After cartoons by Guy-Louis Vernansal (French, 1648 - 1729)
and Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)
and Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653 - 1715)
Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)
woven under the direction of Philippe Béhagle (French, 1641 - 1705)

Culture:

French

Place:

Beauvais, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1697 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

309.9 × 422.9 cm (122 × 166 1/2 in.)

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Surrounded by attendants and seated at a round table before a tiled, outdoor pavilion, the Chinese emperor and empress enjoy a light meal. While the imperial couple are served tea and fruit, a servant reaches up behind them to remove a platter from a buffet of golden dishes and blue-and-white porcelain arranged in the European fashion. Seated on a stool to the left, a female musician with a monkey at her feet plays a stringed instrument resembling a sitar. In the center, a dwarf dances to her music, while to the right a maid drops incense into a golden incense burner.

A large carpet covers the platform on which the emperor and empress sit. The edge of the carpet is woven with the inscription of Guy-Louis Vernansal, who was the chief designer of the tapestry series known as The Story of the Emperor of China.

Exhibitions
Threads of Splendor: Tapestry in the Baroque (October 15, 2007 to June 1, 2008) (52)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), October 15, 2007 to January 6, 2008
  • Patrimonio Nacional (Madrid), March 8 to June 1, 2008
Louis XIV at the Getty (June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Education Resources

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Expressing Emotions through Art Lesson 4–Everybody Celebrates

In this lesson students create a hat expressing the ideas of caring relationships and working together.

Visual Arts

K-2