Tapestry: The Empress's Tea from The Story of the Emperor of China Series
Enlarge (27MB) Zoom in
This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.

Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory; after designs by Guy-Louis Vernansal
French, Beauvais, about 1697 - 1705
Wool and silk; modern cotton lining
13 ft. 9 in. x 6 ft. 3 in.

Add to Getty Bookmarks

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.