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Tapestry
  • Tapestry
    Monnoyer, Jean-Baptiste, born 1636 - died 1699
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Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    France (woven)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1720 (woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Monnoyer, Jean-Baptiste, born 1636 - died 1699 (designer)
    Beauvais Tapestry Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool and silks on woollen warps

  • Credit Line:

    E. E. Cook Bequest, presented by Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    T.55-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tapestry was designed by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, an artist principally known for his still-life and flower paintings. He had first been engaged as a designer by the Gobelins Manufactory in 1666. In 1690 Monnoyer was given leave to travel to England, ostensibly to tour the country for several months. In fact, the artist would remain there until his death in 1699, carrying out commissions he received from wealthy English patrons.

The series to which this tapestry belongs was executed in the style of Jean Bérain I (1640-1711), and came to be known as the Bérain Grotesques. The subjects' unifying feature is the light-hearted revelry they exhibit. They include acrobats, minstrels, animal tamers, an elephant; and offerings to Pan and to Bacchus.

Physical description

Tapestry woven in wool and silks on woollen warps. With grotesque motifs illustrating offerings to Pan. 17 warps to the inch. An arcade with columns and vases on a balustrade. Large central arch draped with hangings and with a suspended canopy over Pan as a herm, in front of which are two Oriental women, one dancing and one decking the herm with garlands. There is also a boy with a basket and a goat in the foreground.

Place of Origin

France (woven)

Date

ca. 1700-1720 (woven)

Artist/maker

Monnoyer, Jean-Baptiste, born 1636 - died 1699 (designer)
Beauvais Tapestry Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool and silks on woollen warps

Dimensions

Width: 2832 mm Top edge, Width: 2791 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2021 mm Proper right, Length: 2021 mm Proper left, Weight: 16.5 kg Weighed on roller

Object history note

This tapestry was part of the E E Cook Bequest to the Museum. In his will Mr Cook expressed an "earnest wish and desire" that the items bequeathed should not be "sent out of England for exhibition or any other purpose".

Descriptive line

Tapestry woven in wool and silks on woollen warps, designed by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, made by the Beauvais Tapestry Factory, France, ca. 1700-1720

Materials

Wool; Silk

Techniques

Tapestry

Subjects depicted

Goat; Arabesques

Categories

Wall coverings; Tapestry; Textiles; Interiors

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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