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:

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 1690 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

254 × 415.3 cm (100 × 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.

Provenance
by 1705 - 1737

Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse and duc de Penthièvre, French, 1678 - 1737 (at the Château de Rambouillet by 1718), by inheritance to his son, Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, 1737.

1737 - 1793

Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre, French, 1725 - 1793, by inheritance to his daughter, Louise-Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon, 1793.

1793 - 1821

Louise-Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon, French, 1753 - 1821, by inheritance to her son, Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, 1821.

1821 - 1852

Louis-Philippe d' Orléans, King of the French, 1773 - 1850 [sold, Domaine de Monceaux, January 28, 1852, lot 8, as one of six tapestries to Armand Géraud Victurnien Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès ]

1852 - 1872

Armand Géraud Victurnien Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1808 - 1872 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise), by inheritance to his son, Amable Antoine Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, 1872.

1872 - 1878

Amable Antoine Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1840-1878 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise), by inheritance to his son, Jacques Marie Géraud de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, 1878.

1878 - 1893

Jacques Marie Géraud de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1868-1893 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise), by inheritance to his brother, Louis Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, and Thérèse d'Albert-Luynes d'Uzès, duchesse d'Uzès, 1893.

1893 - 1925

Louis Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1871-1943 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise)

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and Thérèse d'Albert-Luynes d'Uzès, 1876 - 1941 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise), sold to Georges Haardt and Company, 1925.

1925 -

Georges Haardt and Company (New York City, New York)

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French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York), stock nos. 27965-2 through 27965-6.

- 1930

John Thompson Dorrance, Sr., American, 1873-1930 (Newport, Rhode Island), by inheritance to John Thompson Dorrance, Jr., 1930.

1930 - 1983

John Thompson Dorrance, Jr., American, 1919 - 1989, sold to Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc, 1983.

1983

Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
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
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