664A
664A
A suite of two tapestries 'The Hunters' and 'The Gypsy Fortune-Teller' from the tenture of the 'Fêtes italiennes', Beauvais manufacture, first half 18th century, after François Boucher, probably woven by the workshop of André-Charlemagne Charron
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664A
A suite of two tapestries 'The Hunters' and 'The Gypsy Fortune-Teller' from the tenture of the 'Fêtes italiennes', Beauvais manufacture, first half 18th century, after François Boucher, probably woven by the workshop of André-Charlemagne Charron
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

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Une Dynastie Américaine en Europe - Collections Eleanor Post Close & Antal Post de Bekessy

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A suite of two tapestries 'The Hunters' and 'The Gypsy Fortune-Teller' from the tenture of the 'Fêtes italiennes', Beauvais manufacture, first half 18th century, after François Boucher, probably woven by the workshop of André-Charlemagne Charron
in wool and silk, of rectangular shape, the border simulating a frame with foliate scrolls; (wear)
Quantity: 2
290 x 215 cm. ; 114¼ x 84⅔in.
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Literature

F.J.B. Watson, "The Paris collections of Madame B.", in The Connoisseur. An illustrated magazine for Collectors, London, vol. 155, January-April 1964, p. 2 (ill.)

Related references:
M. Fenaille, François Boucher, Paris, 1925, p. 41 et p. 84
«Fêtes italiennes: Beauvais tapestries after Boucher in the Metropolitan Museum of Art », in The Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 12, 1977
A. Appleton Standen, European post-Medieval tapestries and related hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. II, pp. 515-518
S. M. Bennett and C. Sargentson, French Art of the Eighteenth century at the Huntington, San Marino, 2008, pp. 303-304.

Catalogue Note

In 1734, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, co-director of the manufacture royale de tapisseries de Beauvai alongside Nicolas Besnier, commissioned the French painter François Boucher (1703-1770) to produce several tapestry designs. In 1736, Boucher presented several models, amongst others, The Village Fair, The Fisherwoman, The Dance, Music, The Gardener, The Shepherdess, as well as the two pieces here presented namely, la Halte de chasse (ou les Chasseurs) et la Diseuse de Bonne Aventure (ou la Bohémienne), i.e. Hunters or The Hunter, and the Gypsy Fortune-Teller. All were inspired by the pastoral themes cherished by Boucher after he returned from his sojourn in Italy. The Pastorales, depicting the idealisation of the rural world were in vogue during the 18th century, particularly during the reign of King Louis XV, thanks to paintings by Antoine Watteau and François Boucher.

The suite, produced over the course of several years included fourteen tapestries, including some entre-fenêtres and became known as the Fêtes italiennes or ‘Italian village scenes’. Some pieces like the Gipsy Fortune-Teller, were produced at least thirteen times. Several tapestries from that suite are exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and amongst them are the Fortune Teller and the Hunters, but presented as a portiere (inv. 64.145.2 et .5). The Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California also exhibits an almost complete set, including examples of our two tapestries, however with some slight variations (cat. 119 b and c, pp. 303 et 304).

Une Dynastie Américaine en Europe - Collections Eleanor Post Close & Antal Post de Bekessy

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Paris