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

Place(s):

France (Place created)

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
Bibliography

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), pp. 167-68, no. 286.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 146-48, no. 296.

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).