Lot n° 59
11000 - 14000
Tapestry of the Royal Manufacture of Aubusson... - Lot 59 - FEE - Stanislas Machoïr
Tapestry of the Royal Manufacture of Aubusson (France), from the middle of the XVIIIth century.
After a cardboard of Jean-Baptiste PILLEMENT (1728-1808)
Technical characteristics : Wool and silk.
Dimensions : Height : 290cm ; Width : 490cm.
(Very good state of conservation) (Minor wear and restorations)
The register of this panel has for subject the attractions of chinoiseries. At that time, the themes of chinoiseries were very often interpreted in the workshops in France and in Flanders. Indeed, this type of tapestry panel was very popular in the salons. Here, the attributes of Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt (with the red drapery, the bow and the quiver of arrows), as well as two dogs confronting a boar suggest that this panel was intended for the residence of a venerable "pig" hunter. A beautiful border reproducing a frame with brightly colored flowers enhances this tapestry.
Characteristics of the style of J-B PILLEMENT:
He was a charming decorator, and his work, constitutes a precious document in the art of the XVIIIth century. In 1767 Leviez who had gathered the plates engraved after Pillement published them under the following title; Works of Jean Pillement famous painter and draughtsman, composed of two hundred parts of which a part engraved by himself with etching: the others by Carnot, Ravenet, Masson, Wallet and other skilful engravers. The first part contains one hundred and thirty subjects, figures and Chinese ornaments, as well as various flowers. The other seventy are composed of pretty landscapes and seascapes decorated with figures and animals, the elements, the seasons, the hours of the day and other very pleasant subjects. This work includes mostly decorative elements, natural flowers, ideal and fantasy flowers in the Chinese taste, proper to the Silk and Indian Manufactures. Pillement personally produced some charming etchings. Pillement loved brilliant colors and contrasts of light and shadow, and his paintings had the effect of lighted scenery on the theater, a very fashionable genre in London.
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