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(s):

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

Date:

about 1697 - 1705

Medium:

Wool and silk

Dimensions:

419.1 x 190.5 cm (165 x 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.

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
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