Tapestry: L'Offrand à Bacchus from Les Grotesques Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: L'Offrand à Bacchus from Les Grotesques Series

Artist/Maker:

Woven after the design of Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)
and Guy-Louis Vernansal (French, 1648 - 1729)
Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)

Culture:

French

Place:

Beauvais, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1688 - 1732

Medium:

Wool and silk; modern cotton lining

Dimensions:

295.3 × 204.5 cm (116 1/4 × 80 1/2 in.)

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The Offering to Bacchus, which shows a decorated pavilion housing a white marble statue of Bacchus, is one of a series of six tapestries known as the Grotesques series. The light subject matter and whimsical decoration appealed to a wide range of purchasers, and the Grotesquesbecame one of the most popular sets produced by the Beauvais manufactory. For over forty years, wealthy patrons ordered hangings from the series.

Not only the decorative subject matter, which contrasted with the more formal biblical and historical themes of other contemporary tapestry series, but also the flexibility of the design made it popular. Weavers could easily adapt the composition and change the dimensions to fit a specific location without losing the meaning of the design. The orange-brown color of the background, known as tabac d'Espagne(Spanish tobacco), also became extremely fashionable, and a few individuals ordered matching furniture upholstery to complement this unusual shade.

Provenance
- 1929

possibly Baron A. de Rothschild (Vienna, Austria), sold London, 1929.

- 1939

Private Collection [anonymous sale, Christie's, London, June 22, 1939, lot 159, one of four tapestries]

1949

Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., English, founded 1902 (London), March 1949.

-1966

Ms. John Dewar (England) [sold Sotheby's, London, December 16, 1966, lot 15]

- 1982

Private Collection [sold Christie's, London, July 1, 1982, lot 3 to Bernheimer Fine Arts, Ltd., London]

1982 - 1986

Bernheimer Fine Arts Ltd., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Bibliography

Standen, Edith A. European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2 vols. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985) vol 2, p. 450.

Coombs, David. "December 1986, From the Editor's Desk." The Antique Collector (December 1986) p. 39.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987) pp. 210-11, no. 99.

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. 166, no. 285.

Bremer-David, Charissa. French Tapestries and Textiles in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) pp. 72-79, no. 8.

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. 146, no. 295.

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. 378 (app. no. 25-A).

Bremer-David, Charissa. Conundrum, Puzzles in the Grotesques Tapestry Series (Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015).