Château of Monceaux / Month of December

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Château of Monceaux / Month of December


After designs by Charles Le Brun (French, 1619 - 1690)

and cartoon painted by François van der Meulen (French, 1632 - 1690)

Beaudrin Yvart (French, 1611 - 1690)

Joseph Yvart (French, 1649 - 1728)

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)

Abraham Genoels (Flemish, about 1640 - 1723)

Pierre-Boels Boulle (French, active second half of the 17th century)

Adriaen-Frans Boudewyns (called Baudoin) (Flemish, 1644 - 1711)

François Bonnemer (French, 1637 - 1689)

Jean-Baptiste Martin (French, 1659 - 1735)

and woven under the direction of Jean de la Croix (French, 1662 - 1712, active at Gobelins)

Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)




Gobelins, France (Place created)


before 1712


Wool and silk


317.5 x 330.8 cm (125 x 130 1/4 in.)

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This is one of a series of twelve tapestries, which each showed an astrological sign for a month with a French royal palace in the background. The month of December shows the Château of Monceaux (demolished in 1799, during the French Revolution) through the bare trees. On the left, Louis XIV leads a hunting party with horsemen and hounds after a wild boar. In the center of the top border, the astrological sign of Capricorn hangs between garlands of winter fruit and vegetables. In the foreground, two liveried pages drape a rare Near Eastern carpet over the balustrade, while a moorhen, crane, and bustard, birds from the royal menagerie, strut along the front.

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