An Aubusson Royal Manufactory tapestry
18th century, circa 1770
This tapestry is part of the Chinese series so-called the second Chinese series
After the painters François Boucher et Joseph Dumons
Woven in wool and silk (warp in wool, weft in wool and silk)
This tapestry is part of a famous set entitled: the Chinese series, so-called the second Chinese series after the painters François Boucher and Jean-Joseph Dumons (1687 - 1779)
The Far Eastern theme was in favour for more than a century in the field of the European decorative arts. At the end of the 17th century the painters Jean Baptiste Belin de Fontenay, Jean
Baptiste Monnoyer and Guy Vernansal provided the Royal Beauvais Manufactory with the cartoons of a first Chinese series called The Story of the Emperor of China also called later the first Chinese series.
A second Chinese set was designed for the Royal Manufactory of Beauvais many years later, in 1734 by François Boucher. The lovely “modelli” by Boucher (oils on canvas) which are now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon (France) were adapted for tapestry by the painter Dumons who made the cartoons that is to say the model at the size of the tapestry to be woven.
Some 20 years later, Dumons also painted cartoons adapted from Boucher’s work for the Royal Manufactory of Aubusson. This tapestry presented by Galerie Chevalier is a wonderful example of the taste for the far oriental exotism of this period.