Tapestry: Le Thé de l'impératrice, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: Le Thé de l'impératrice, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Artist/Maker:

Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)
Woven under the direction of Philippe Béhagle (French, 1641 - 1705)
After designs by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)
and Guy-Louis Vernansal (French, 1648 - 1729)
and Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653 - 1715)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1697 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

419.1 × 190.5 cm (165 × 75 in.)

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In a tapestry from a set known as The Story of the Emperor of China series, the empress sits cross-legged on a large cushion beneath a small domed pavilion in the open air. A maid shields her from the sun with a parasol, while two others serve her fruit and tea. To the right, a square table holds a large metal ewer and a basket with various glass and blue-and-white porcelain vessels. Floral swags hang from the poles of the pavilion, and a circlet of flowers is suspended in the middle.

Provenance
by 1705 - 1737

Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse and duc de Penthièvre, French, 1678 - 1737 (at the Château de Rambouillet by 1718), commissioned from the manufactory; by inheritance to his son, Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, 1937.

1737 - 1793

Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre, French, 1725 - 1793, by inheritance to his daughter, Louise-Marie-Adelaide Bourbon.

1793 - 1821

Louise-Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon, French, 1753 - 1821, by inheritance to her son, Louis-Philippe d'Orleans, 1821.

1821 - 1852

Louis-Philippe, duc d'Orleans, King of the French, French, 1773 - 1850 [sold, Domaine de Monceaux, January 28, 1852, lot 8, as one of six tapestries to Armand Géraud Victurnien Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès ]

1852 - 1872

Armand Géraud Victurnien Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1808 - 1872 (Chateau de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise, France), by inheritance to his son, Amable Antoine Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, 1872.

1872 - 1878

Amable Antoine Jacques Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1840-1878, by inheritance to his son, Jacques Marie Géraud de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, 1878.

1878 - 1893

Jacques Marie Géraud de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1868-1893 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise), by inheritance to his brother, Louis Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, and Thérèse d'Albert-Luynes d'Uzès, duchesse d'Uzès, 1893.

1893 - 1925

Louis Emmanuel de Crussol, duc d'Uzès, French, 1871-1943 (Château de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise)

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and Thérèse d'Albert-Luynes d'Uzès, 1876 - 1941 (Chateau de Bonnelles, Seine-et-Oise, France), sold to Georges Haardt and Company, 1925.

1925 -

Georges Haardt and Co. (New York City, New York)

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French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York)

- 1930

John Thompson Dorrance, Sr., American, 1873-1930 (Newport, Rhode Island), by inheritance to John Thompson Dorrance, Jr., 1930.

1930 -

John Thompson Dorrance, Jr., American, 1919 - 1989

1970s - 1989

Preservation Society of Newport County (Château-sur-Mer, Newport, Rhode Island), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989.

Exhibitions
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea (August 2 to November 29, 2009) (5.2)
  • Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA (Los Angeles), August 2 to November 29, 2009
Louis XIV at the Getty (June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016
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