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Aubusson, France
'VILLAGE FÊTE' TAPESTRY, AFTER ETIENNE JEURAT 
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Aubusson, France
'VILLAGE FÊTE' TAPESTRY, AFTER ETIENNE JEURAT 
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Aubusson, France
'VILLAGE FÊTE' TAPESTRY, AFTER ETIENNE JEURAT 
with a scene of a village market and the community gathering for various activities, with town buildings in the background, lacking border, with a later pale blue outer selvedge,
wool, woven
approximately 202 by 407cm; 6ft. 7in. by 13ft. 4in.
18th century
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Catalogue Note

In a letter to Greta Garbo written between March and April 1947, Cecil Beaton recounts a stay at Notley Abbey, the house from where this tapestry possibly comes. The designer was visiting the Oliviers as he was involved with the productions of both 'Anna Karenina' and 'The School for Scandal'. Beaton writes to Garbo 'It is very romantic in a medieval way and it is lovely to see something that has been neglected taking on a new life. They have planted avenues of trees, 500 rose trees and are making great improvements both in and outside the house. This morning a tapestry was hung with everyone giving advice in their pyjamas' (Vickers, op. cit. p. 173).

The tapestry is from the series Les Fêtes de Village, circa 1750-1753, after Etienne Jeurat (1748-1753), originally woven by the Gobelins workshop of Michel Audran 1701-1771: weaver and contractor at the Gobelins factory, Paris and director of the high warp workshop from 1732 until his death.

A weaving of the Village Fete, without a border, recorded as being Gobelins and from the workshop of Michel Audran, circa 1750, from Kunstgewerbe Museum, Leipzig, is illustrated in H. Göbel, Die Wandteppiche , 1928, Part II, Vol.ii, no.168. The present tapestry is very similar to this published comparable, except the Gobelins version has a more vertical composition and more depth, and it too does not have a border. 

Another subject from the series depicted wedding celebrations, and a weaving of this subject, exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1753, was sold was at Sotheby's, London, 24th November 1972, lot 41 (without a border: approximately 270cm. high, 560cm. wide), and another weaving, was sold Sotheby's, London, 10th June 1999, lot 13 (without a border: approximately 290cm. high, 382cm. wide); provenance: Hotel Drouot, Paris 1893, and then sold Sotheby's, London, 15th December 1961, lot 54, by Count Edward Raczynski, Polish Ambassador to Court of St James's, 1934-1945, and Minister of Foreign Affairs to Polish Government in exile during war. The series was later woven by Aubusson workshops, and a weaving of the composition, within a frame pattern border (approximately 10ft. high, 17ft. wide), was sold at Bonham's, 8th April 1976, lot 16, and a tapestry of the left side only, with a balcony with figures on looking the celebrations was sold, Sotheby's, London, 20th September 2011, lot 7.

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