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

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


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)




about 1697 - 1705


Wool and silk


309.9 x 422.9 cm (122 x 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.

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

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), pp. 99-100, no. 213.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 167-68, no. 286.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 146-48, no. 296.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) p. 376 (app. no. 24-A).

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