By Charissa Bremer-David
French Tapestries and Textiles is a survey of the Getty Museum’s 17th- and eighteenth-century French textiles—one of the world’s best collections. that includes twenty-five awesome tapestries woven on the Gobelins and Beauvais manufactories, additionally highlights 3 carpets, knotted-pile displays, and units of embroidered mattress hangings, certainly one of that is the single entire lit à l. a. duchesse surviving from the period.
Among the very good textiles mentioned during this lavish quantity are the Emperor of China tapestry sequence, the whimsical tale of Don Quixote, and Boucher’s cycle the tale of Psyche. A gatefold within the publication opens to bare a photo of the stately twenty-nine-foot carpet commissioned for Louis XIV’s Galerie du Bord de l’Eau on the Louvre, a bit by no means publicly displayed during this century.
Each access encompasses a directory of artists and weavers, date and position of manufacture, and fabrics and strategies used, by means of a whole description and a assertion. The accompanying remark offers info at the literary, old, and visible resource of layout imagery in addition to the context of the textile’s fee and construction. additionally, each one cloth proven has a whole provenance, exhibition background, and bibliography.
For fans of French ornamental arts and connoisseurs of textiles, this e-book deals a examine either one of the artwork of tapestry- and textile-making and of the classy culture exemplified by means of those awesome items.
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In the i66os Le Brun designed a set of the Seasons (Les Saisons) for the Gobelins manufactory in which Spring showed the parterres and part of the Orangerie of the Chateau de Versailles, Summer included the Chateau de Fontainebleau as well as part of the Palais des Tuileries in a medallion supported by Minerva and Apollo, Autumn portrayed the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, while the Pavilion de Flore of the Palais des Tuileries appeared in the distance of Winter. The skillful weaving accomplished in Les Saisons established a standard that was maintained in the execution of Les Maisons royales.
As noted above, he was also one of the four artists paid by the Gobelins to retouch the cartoons in 1687. In certain respects, however, the lefthand figure does follow the Dutch site studies of Brazilian natives. Particularly in terms of deportment and facial characteristics, the spear thrower resembles the dancing Tapuyan Indians painted by Eckout, and it is possible that Houasse found such subjects among the supplemental materials. Curiously, the figure of the spear thrower has been expertly rewoven from the hips to the feet (figs.
Jean-Baptiste-Elie Camus de Pontcarre, seigneur de Viarmes (1702-1775), and his wife Frangoise-Louise Raoul de la Guibourgere; by descent to Louis-Jean-NepomuceneFrangois-Marie Camus de la Guibourgere (1747-1794); by descent to Alexandre-Prosper Camus de la Guibourgere (1793-1853), Chateau de la Guibourgere, Bretagne; French and Company, New York (negative no. 16817), circa 1930; Bernard Blondeel, Antwerp, Belgium, 1991; J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992. , 1993, no. 287, p. ; "Acquisitions/1992," GettyMusJ 21 (1993), no.