A LOUIS XVI ALLEGORICAL 'GROTESQUE' TAPESTRY, PROBABLY GOBELINS LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
Property from the Collection of Bernard & Josephine Chaus
A LOUIS XVI ALLEGORICAL 'GROTESQUE' TAPESTRY, PROBABLY GOBELINS
LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
now mounted on stretched canvas
8 ft¼ in. by 8 ft. 8½ in.; 2.47 m. by 2.65 m.
Now mounted on stretched canvas. Good muted colors. The tapestry is more golden colored in reality compared to catalogue image. Edge and selvage lacking. Splits and restorations throughout. Somewhat dry, but ready to hang as is.
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Previously described as Beauvais or Paris, designs for the present tapestry- - and the series of the 'Grotesques'- - were thought to have been based on Pompeiian wall paintings, a taste which enjoyed a revival in around 1770. Painters such as Zucchi and Pergolesi were proponents of this Neo-Pompeiian style, popular throughout Europe through the end of the 18th century.
A tapestry with similar designs and probably from the same workshop was sold in Sotheby's London 5 June 1964, lot 17.