Château of Monceaux / Month of December

Object Details

Title:

Château of Monceaux / Month of December

Artist/Maker(s):

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)

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)

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

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

Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)

Culture:

French

Date:

before 1712

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

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.

Bibliography

"Principales acquisitions des musées en 1985." La chronique des arts: Supplément à la Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 107, no. 1406 (March 1986), p. 29, no. 180, ill.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), pp. 242-43, no. 192.

Jackson-Stops, Gervase. "Boulle by the Beach, Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum." Country Life 179 (April 3, 1986), pp. 854-6, fig. 3.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), pp. 162-63.

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), p. 170, no. 289.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 194.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 62-63, no. 46.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 194.

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. 149-50, no. 299.

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) pp. 374-75 (app. no. 23).

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