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For an example of a tapestry of this subject from the series, see a weaving sold at Sotheby’s, New York, 17 October 2015, lot 703. The panel depicts the left hand side of the present tapestry composition, up to the basket and axe to the right of the standing figure in the centre, with the signature and date woven in reverse on the wooden chest in the lower left corner: F. Bouche / 1749, within a later gold and red frame pattern border (approximately 325 by 394cm). Another smaller weaving (337 by 436cm) with the reduced composition extending from the shield on the left side and incorporating the first background figure beyond the basket in the centre, holding the helmet, within a gold and red scrolling and acanthus motif frame pattern border, without any signatures, was offered at Sotheby’s, Monaco, 26 June 1983, lot 312.
Edith, Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. II, pp. 534-539, fig. 79a, discusses a weaving of the same subject with marginally less on the far right hand side, and the military trophies showing in the left corner (427 by 544cm), incorporating the Paris workshop signatures, and that of designer (woven as F. Bouche.)
Nello, Forti Grazzini, Il Patrimonio artistico del Quirinale: gli arazzi, Rome and Milan 1994, vol. II, pp.492-530, for discussions on the series of The Story of Psyche, designed by François Boucher in 1739-1742, woven in the Beauvais workshop by Nicolas Besnier (1748-1750), under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Oudry, within a gold and red ‘c’-scroll frame pattern border, with some incorporating workshop signatures, and that of designer, also woven as F. Bouche.
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