• Tapestry: September. Chambord. The King's Suite

    Technique:
    tapestry
    Dimensions:
    340x494 cm

Tapestry: September. Chambord. The King's Suite

France, circa 1730/1735

This is one of a series of tapestries known as The Months, or The Royal Households. The series was produced on the basis of cartoons made in 1666-69 from sketches by Charles Lebrun, President of the French Académie, "first artist to the king" and head of the Royal Manufactory from the time it was set up in 1667. The cartoons were produced by a group of artists, each of whom had a narrow specialization - the depiction of architecture, landscape, flowers, birds or animals. Each of the twelve tapestries in the series shows one of the royal residences, at each of which the court usually came to stay in a particular month of the year. Typical pastimes were depicted set against the background of these castles. At a time when tapestries were increasingly like paintings, Lebrun sought a decorative resolution in his design. He moved the main subject - the castle and the celebration taking place in front of it - into the background and surrounded it with an architectural portico and garlands. In the foreground he placed a balustrade with carpets, the figures of servants, exotic animals and birds. One of the servants leans on a fancy-shaped gold ewer, a second throws a cloth woven with flowers over the balustrade. Nearby are a monkey, a lynx, birds, a hawk holding a cat in its claws and a dog. In the centre is an image of Libra, the sign of the Zodiac for September.

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Tapestry: September. Chambord. The King's Suite

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Technique:

tapestry

Dimensions:

340x494 cm

Acquisition date:

Handed over from the former Museum of the Decorative and Applied Arts (the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron A. L. Shtieglitz)

Inventory Number:

Т-15609

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