Château of Monceaux / Month of December

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Château of Monceaux / Month of December


Design conceived by Charles Le Brun , about 1665- by 1668 (French, 1619 - 1690)
Cartoon for the horizontal-warp loom painted collaboratively by Joseph Yvart , (French, 1649 - 1728)
Abraham Genoels , (Flemish, about 1640 - 1723)
Adriaen-Frans Boudewyns (called Baudoin) , (Flemish, 1644 - 1711)
François Bonnemer , (French, 1637 - 1689)
Jean-Baptiste Martin (called Martin des Batailles) (French, 1659 - 1735)
and Various makers , about 1668
Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory , (French, founded 1662 - present)
in the horizontal-loom workshop of Jean de la Croix (French, died 1714)




Gobelins, France (Place created)


before 1712


Wool and silk


317.5 × 330.8 cm (125 × 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.

Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV (December 15, 2015 to May 1, 2016) (11c)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 15, 2015 to May 1, 2016