Tapestry: L'Empereur en voyage, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: L'Empereur en voyage, 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

Date:

about 1690 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

254 x 415.3 cm (100 x 163 1/2 in.)

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In a tapestry from the set known as The Story of the Emperor of China series, four attendants carry the Emperor in a palanquin. Two guards on horseback follow the procession, one wearing a sword and bearing the imperial banner and the other carrying a quiver of arrows over his shoulder. The path in front is strewn with cut flowers, apparently from baskets like the one that remains in the center bottom, resting on the border. Birds fill the air above and the palace is visible in the distance.

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. 376-77 (app. no. 24-D).