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Carpet

Object Details

Title:

Carpet

Artists/Makers:

Possibly woven at the Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)

Unknown

Culture:

French or Flemish

Place:

Beauvais, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1690–1720

Medium:

Wool and silk

Object Number:

86.DC.633

Dimensions:

249.5 × 374.3 cm (98 1/4 × 147 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

This woven carpet may have been used to cover a table, but more probably it was meant to lie on the floor. An imaginary light source, imitating the sunlight from a window, casts dark green shadows along one side of the floral garlands, creating the illusion of depth. This fairly small carpet was probably made for a salon, where it may have matched the tapestry upholstery on the chairs and other seat furniture in the room.

As there are no identifying marks on this carpet, scholars can only presume on the basis of style that it was made in either a French or Flemish manufactory. Research has shown that the lush garlands of flowers, which combine carnations, daffodils, poppies, roses, and tulips, portray specific varieties of flowers that were introduced to Europe at known dates.

Provenance
Provenance
possibly 1910

Private Collection [possibly sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 27, 1910, one of four sold as nos. 131-134]

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Possibly B. Fabre & Fils (Paris, France)

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Thenadey Collection (Paris, France)

1985 - 1986

Mayorcas Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Exquisite Everyday: 18th-Century Decorative Arts Objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum (July 29 to October 15, 2016)
  • Pulitzer Arts Foundation (Saint Louis), July 29 to October 15, 2016
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 211, no. 100.

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. 169, no. 288.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 196.

Bremer-David, Charissa. French Tapestries and Textiles in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 98-105, no. 10.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 149, no. 298.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 196.

Hartkamp-Jonxis, Ebeltje, and Hillie Smit. European Tapestries in the Rijksmuseum. Catalogue of the Decorative Arts in the Rijksmuseum vol. 5 (Zwolle: Uitgeverij Waanders b.v.; Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum, 2004), pp. 335-337, notes 32-33,37.

Brosens, Koenraad, ed. European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, with Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 369-371.

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. 380-81, app. no. 27, ill.

Schenkenberg, Tamara H. Exquisite Everyday: 18th-Century Decorative Arts Objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum (St. Louis: Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2016), pp. 5-6, ill. p. 7.