Tapestry: Le Cheval rayé from Les Anciennes Indes Series

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Tapestry: Le Cheval rayé from Les Anciennes Indes Series


Woven at Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)
after a cartoon painted by Albert Eckhout (Dutch, about 1610 - 1665)
and Frans Post (Dutch, 1612 - 1680)
and retouched by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699)
Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653 - 1715)
René-Antoine Houasse (French, about 1644/1645 - 1710)
François Bonnemer (French, 1637 - 1689)
with later additions by Alexandre-François Desportes (French, 1661 - 1743)




Paris, France (Place created)


about 1692 - 1730


Wool and silk; modern cotton lining


330.2 x 574 cm (130 x 226 in.)

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Studies made by two Dutch artists during an exploratory expedition to Brazil from 1637 to 1644 were the inspiration for this tapestry. The newly appointed Dutch governor, Prince Johan Maurits of Nassau, led a group of scientists and artists, including Albert Eckhout and Frans Post, to Brazil, where they studied and painted the unusual plant and animal life of this country. Many of the plants, fish, birds, and other animals woven in this hanging can be traced to life studies made by Eckhout and Post in South America. French artists at the Gobelins manufactory, who designed the cartoon to heighten the tapestry's impression of drama and exoticism, probably introduced other animals, such as the Indian rhinoceros and "striped horse" or zebra.

Education Resources

Education Resource




Science and Exploration in the Decorative Arts

Lesson in which students understand the Age of Exploration and the Scientific Revolution through studying European decorative arts.

Visual Arts; History–Social Science


Two-Part Lesson