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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 539

    A GERMAN PASTORAL TAPESTRY

    BY CHARLES VIGNE, BERLIN, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN PASTORAL TAPESTRY
    BY CHARLES VIGNE, BERLIN, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Woven in wools and silks, from the series of Country Amusements, depicting a young peasant with two maidens holding a bird cage, in a wooded setting, within a scrolling foliate border
    9 ft. 8 in. x 10 ft. 9 in. (294 cm. x 326 cm.)


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    The design of this tapestry and the associated sets depicting both Northern Country Amusements and their 'Indian' counter parts (distinguished solely by the fauna), is inspired by the figural compositions of Antoine Watteau and largely follows engravings by Nicolas Lancret (d. 1745).

    Charles Vigne (d. 1751) joined Jean II Barraband in his private tapestry workshop that he had established in Berlin and succeeded him on his death in 1725. Despite being the only German workshop that supplied clients in other countries, it met with severe financial troubles and Vigne repeatedly had to plea with Fredrick the Great to purchase tapestries. Undeterred Charles Vigne's son, who had the same name, took over the atelier but the situation continued to deteriorate and was irrevocably effected by the Seven-Year War that ended in 1763. He finally had to close the workshop in 1787.

    A further example from this series is illustrated in H. Göbel, Wandeppiche, Die germanischen und slawischen Länder, Leipzig, 1934, part III, vol. II, figs. 63B and 65.

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