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Tapestry: L'Offrand à Bacchus from Les Grotesques Series
Beauvais, France (Place created)
about 1688 - 1732
Wool and silk; modern cotton lining
295.3 x 204.5 cm (116 1/4 x 80 1/2 in.)
The Offering to
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.