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PROPERTY FROM THE CARMEN THYSSEN BORNEMISZA COLLECTION

A 'Grotesque de Berain' entrefenêtre tapestry fragment, French, Beauvais, after Jean Baptiste Monnoyer, in the manner of Jean I Berain, 18th century, and later
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PROPERTY FROM THE CARMEN THYSSEN BORNEMISZA COLLECTION

A 'Grotesque de Berain' entrefenêtre tapestry fragment, French, Beauvais, after Jean Baptiste Monnoyer, in the manner of Jean I Berain, 18th century, and later
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A 'Grotesque de Berain' entrefenêtre tapestry fragment, French, Beauvais, after Jean Baptiste Monnoyer, in the manner of Jean I Berain, 18th century, and later
woven with musicians in an architectural setting, against a fashionable coloured tabac d'Espagne ground; fragmentary composite panel, with later border
approximately 278cm. high, 195cm. wide; 9ft. 1in., 6ft. 5in.
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Catalogue Note

This tapestry is from a distinctive series of Beauvais tapestries, known after 1850 as Les Grotesques de Berain, and depicting exotic animals and figures in architectural settings.

The set of `Grotesques ' consisted of six panels designed by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699); with small figures after Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), from inspired by literary sources, such as Commedia dell'Arte . The panels depict `Grotesques with a Camel', `Grotesques with an Elephant', `Grotesques with Animal Tamers', `Grotesques with the Offering to Priapus',`Grotesques with Musicians' and `Grotesques with statue of Pan'. From the mid 19th century onwards the series was often referred to as the `Berain Grotesques' , after engravings of grotesques by Berain I (1640-1711), of classical grotteschi inspiration, but Berain did not design this particular series. `The Grotesques', had a distinctive yellow (à fond jaune ou tabac d'Espagne ) ground, and there were various border types used. It was woven by the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais between 1688 and 1732, initially under the directorship of Philippe Behagle (1641-1705) and then his son of the same name.

For comprehensive discussion of the series, Edith Appleton Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan Museum, 1985, Vol. II, pp.441-457. For comparable entrefenêtre, see a pair of similar compositions, each with a male and female musician with pediment above, playing a tambourine, lute, triangle, and viol, within very distinctive blue and gold acanthus leaf and cabochon borders (320 by 142cm), from The Vigo Sternberg Collection, Sotheby's, London, 29 February 1996, lot 44. Another from this same series and border type, see Sotheby's, 30 May 1997, lot 20; Provenance: Property of Baron von Stumm, formerly in the Schloss Rauischholzhausen. Another entrefenêtre (331 by 188cm), depicting two male musicians, within  see Sotheby's New York, 13 December 2003, lot 46.

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