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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 171

    A FRENCH PASTORAL TAPESTRY FRAGMENT

    AUBUSSON, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, AFTER ETIENNE JEAURAT, POSSIBLY BY LEONARD ROBY

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    A FRENCH PASTORAL TAPESTRY FRAGMENT
    AUBUSSON, LAST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, AFTER ETIENNE JEAURAT, POSSIBLY BY LEONARD ROBY
    Woven in silks and wools, depicting The Dream of Lamo from The Story of Daphne and Chloe, with a central group of nymphs and Cupid with a shepherd flanked to the right by another nymph and to theleft foreground by the sleeping Lamo set within an arcadian landscape, within a later green guard border, areas of reweaving and some heightening with surface color
    7 ft. 5 in. (226 cm.) high, 6 feet (183 cm.) wide


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    This rare tapestry forms part of an Aubusson series of Daphne and Chloe originally designed for the Royal Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory by Etienne Jeaurat in 1738. The first Aubusson weaver to acquire the cartoons was Léonard Roby, who bought them from Michel Audran in 1775. Audran, the head of the first high loom workshop at Gobelins, had commissioned the series for his own account and wove several sets that are not recorded in the official Gobelins accounts. (D.P. Chevalier and P.-F. Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, Paris, 1988, pp. 193 and 195)

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