Lot n° 102
30000 - 40000
Important and fine panel of tapestry from... - Lot 102 - FEE - Stanislas Machoïr
Important and fine panel of tapestry from Beauvais (France), early 18th century (probably woodwork tapestry)
Dimensions : Height : 244cm ; 364cm.
Technical characteristics : In wool and silk. (Very good general condition) (Beautiful polychromy)
"Don Quixote, Entrance of Love and Wealth at the Wedding of Gamache"
In the shadow of thick armorial side woods, with flowery undergrowth, in front of a rich crenellated building, Don Quixote de la Mancha lounges, all harnessed, armed with the famous spear, with which he dashed to fight his famous windmills. Opposite him, Sancho Panza, his faithful servant and squire, lies on the ground and looks ready to set fire to a plucked and stuffed fowl. Separated by a proud cupid with a reddish toga, bow and quiver in saltire, two groups are facing each other, one on the side of Don Quixote, comprising "wealth" and his affable maids, one of them holding a divining rod, and the other, on the side of Sancho, comprising "love", accompanied by an Apollo carrying an oil lamp and two maids, one of them holding a crown to the allegory of love. Behind the battlements, a lady observes the scene, leaning against the battlements. Hanging of the series of Don Quixote, rare, colorful and of great finesse.
Based on a painting by Charles-Antoine Coypel, in the collections of the Château de Compiègne.
Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752) was probably the first French artist to illustrate in painting the History of Don Quixote by Cervantes (1547-1616). The cartoons commissioned from the Gobelins factory were produced between 1715 and 1751; they met with immense success, particularly through the engravings published in the 1732 edition following the translation by Filleau de Saint-Martin (1632-1691). The tapestries aroused an identical craze. No less than 175 pieces were woven in the 18th century with different settings, either in low heddle or in high heddle. As a man close to the world of theater, Coypel painted his Don Quixote in the spirit of the time, burlesque and a little ridiculous. However, the strength of this painter is to have conceived this set with a freshness of inspiration and a picturesque which will never be equaled.
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