Tapestry: La Récolte des ananas, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: La Récolte des ananas, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Artist/Maker(s):

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(s):

Beauvais, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1690 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

257.8 x 415.3 cm (101 1/2 x 163 1/2 in.)

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In one tapestry from a set known as The Story of the Emperor of China series, a woman standing at the left, possibly the Chinese empress, gestures with her fan toward the tropical bounty and beyond to the six-storied pagoda and other buildings in the distance. The tapestry's foreground shows a field of pineapples and other plants, including a palm and a tall banana tree.

The first pineapple grown in France had been given to the King of France, Louis XIV, but the fruit was still rare in the early 1700s and its form was probably unknown to the Beauvais artists who wove the tapestry. They learned about foreign plants such as tea, coconuts, ginger, and pineapples, as well as images of their harvesting, from botanical engravings. Beginning in the 1660s, such engravings were available in France through the published accounts of Jesuit missionaries and the Dutch East India Company.

Bibliography

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-B).