• Tapestry: Royal Hunt

    Technique:
    tapestry
    Dimensions:
    317x391 cm

Tapestry: Royal Hunt

France, Beauvais, 1684-1705

The royal manufactory at Beauvais was set up in 1664 on the initiative of the Minister of Finances, Colbert, who was also responsible for the founding of the Gobelins Manufactory in Paris just three years later. Beauvais was under the patronage of the King, but it was more independent than Gobelins, having its own director. This tapestry comes from a series known as the Petites Chasses et Verdures (Little Hunts). Series of hunting scenes were produced in particularly large quantities at Beauvais during the second half of the 17th century. Two riders, one of whom would seem to be Louis XIV, are set against a marvellous wooded landscape with the large, shady trees so typical of Beauvais products, offering glimpses of some mysterious distance, the foreground filled with individual plants. The central part of the tapestry is framed with a border of grotesque ornament made up of acanthus, flowers and trophies set against a dark ground.

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Tapestry: Royal Hunt

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tapestry

Dimensions:

317x391 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1950; handed over from the Board of Art Exhibitions and Panoramas

Inventory Number:

Т-15409

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