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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)

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

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330.2 × 574 cm (130 × 226 in.)

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Object Description

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.

by 1730 - 1775

Possibly Jean-Baptiste-Elie Camus de Pontcarré, seigneur de Viarmes, French, 1702 - 1775 and his wife Françoise-Louise Raoul de la Guibourgère, French, , by inheritance to Louis-Jean-Népomucene-François-Marie Camus de la Guibourgère.

1775 - 1794

Louis-Jean-Népomucene-François-Marie Camus de la Guibourgère, French, 1747 - 1794, by inheritance to Alexandre-Prosper Camus de la Guibourgère.

1794 - 1853

Alexandre-Prosper Camus de la Guibourgère, French, 1793 - 1853 (Château de la Guibourgère, Bretagne)

about 1930

French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York)

1991 - 1992

Bernard Blondeel (Antwerp, Belgium), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.


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Forti-Grazzini, Nello. "The Striped Horse." In Thomas P. Campbell, ed. Tapestry of the Baroque: Threads of Splendor, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Yale University Press, 2007), p. 396 and note 46 on p. 397.

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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), pp. 374-75, fig. 22.

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Anderson, Carrie. "Material Mediators: Johan Maurits, Textiles, and the Art of Dipolmatic Exchange." Journal of Early Modern History 20 (2016), p. 79 and note 42 on p. 75 and note 55 on p. 79.

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Science and Exploration in the Decorative Arts

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Visual Arts; History–Social Science


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