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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