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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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S102
Tapestry: Le Thé de l'impératrice, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series
about 1697 - 1705
Wool and silk
419.1 x 190.5 cm (165 x 75 in.)
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.
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. 376-77 (app. no. 24-F).