The first wall hangings woven at the end of the 17th century in Beauvais after the cartoons of Guy-Louis Vernansal, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay, included six scenes: La collation, La récolte des ananas, les astronomes, L'empereur en voyage, Le retour de la chasse et le Thé de l'impératrice. The second series was made according to the models by François Boucher: Le repas, La danse, La foire, La pêche, La chasse et La toilette. Boucher's suite is very different from the first tenture in that the composition was much more inspired by the art of painting. A scene, presented by Boucher at the Salon du Louvre of 1742 and titled, L'audience de l'empereur, was woven at Aubusson together with those containing three new themes: Le thé, La volière, Le jardinier. Jean-Joseph Dumons, who had participated in the making of both the first and second series of Chinese wall hangings, was therefore naturally predisposed to undertake the role of adapting Boucher’s second Chinese series to suit the characteristic style of the Aubusson factory. The link between the various Chinese wall hanging series of Beauvais, and the later Aubusson Chinese wall hangings is established through Jean-Joseph Dumons, who played an important role in the posterity of the first series.
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