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An Aubusson tapestry "Le prince en voyage" after François Boucher, 18th century
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 45,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
26
An Aubusson tapestry "Le prince en voyage" after François Boucher, 18th century
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 45,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

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An Aubusson tapestry "Le prince en voyage" after François Boucher, 18th century
woven in wool and silk, representing figures in an exotic tea garden with palm trees, flowers and a pagoda; the border with medallions, cartouches and rocailles
284,5 cm. x 505 cm. ; 112in. x 198¾in.
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Literature

Related literature:
- P. Chevallier and P.-F. Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, Paris 1988
- P. Bertrand, "La Seconde Tenture chinoise tissée à Beauvais et Aubusson", in Gazette des Beaux- Arts, November 1990
- M. Mouillade, "La manufacture d'Aubusson et les chinoiseries : de la Seconde Tenture Chinoise à Jean Pillement"
- M. Mouillade, "La Seconde Tenture chinoise, le fantasme extrême-Oriental de François Boucher"

Catalogue Note

In an anxious attempt to relaunch the Aubusson factory and boost production, Louis XV entrusted the role of Inspector and Artistic Director to Jean-Joseph Dumons. Dumons was able to provide original models that were very successful, such as the adaptation of François Boucher's second Chinese wall hangings or tenture.

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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