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Tapestry
  • Tapestry
    Cozette, Pierre-François, born 1714 - died 1801
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Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (woven)

  • Date:

    1740-1760 (woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cozette, Pierre-François, born 1714 - died 1801 (maker)
    Audran, Claude III, born 1658 - died 1734 (designer)
    Gobelins (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry, woven in wool and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Dowager Viscountess Harcourt GBE

  • Museum number:

    T.768-1950

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tapestry comes from the celebrated Portières des Dieux series, designed by Claude Audran III (1658-1734) for the French royal tapestry manufactory, the Gobelins. The series depicts the four seasons and four elements and enjoyed such widespread popularity that it was re-woven continuously between 1700 and 1789.

Here the figure of Juno, the Goddess of Olympus and Jupiter's consort, personifies the element air; as punishment for disobeying Jupiter, she had once been suspended in the sky by a golden rope.

Seated in regal splendour, Juno holds her sceptre in her right hand, flanked on either side by two peacocks, her attribute. The delicate arabesques framing the goddess include a variety of wind instruments, such as pipes, hurdy gurdys and flutes, all references to the element she embodies.

Physical description

Tapestry, silk and wool on woollen warps. 21 warps to the inch.

Place of Origin

Paris (woven)

Date

1740-1760 (woven)

Artist/maker

Cozette, Pierre-François, born 1714 - died 1801 (maker)
Audran, Claude III, born 1658 - died 1734 (designer)
Gobelins (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry, woven in wool and silk

Dimensions

Weight: 36 kg cumulative, Width: 2610 mm Top, Width: 2550 mm Bottom, Length: 3370 mm Proper left, Length: 3320 mm Proper right

Historical context note

The series includes Diana, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, Bacchus, Venus, Ceres and Juno, all with their respective attributes. This series is not to be confused with Audran's later and quite similar series of arabesque portières: Les Mois (1709), which are smaller in scale and therefore suitable for residences other than royal palaces.

Descriptive line

Tapestry, wool and silk, 'Juno' or 'Air', Portières des Dieux, Gobelins; Paris, ca. 1740-1760

Materials

Wool; Silk

Techniques

Tapestry

Categories

Wall coverings; Tapestry; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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