• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 269

    AN ENGLISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY

    SOHO, BY GEORGE SMITH BRADSHAW, CIRCA 1730-1760, AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE WATTEAU AND JEAN-BAPTISTE JOSEPH PATER

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    AN ENGLISH PASTORAL TAPESTRY
    SOHO, BY GEORGE SMITH BRADSHAW, CIRCA 1730-1760, AFTER JEAN-ANTOINE WATTEAU AND JEAN-BAPTISTE JOSEPH PATER
    Woven in silks and wools, depicting a 'The Dance' with a courtly dressed couple dancing, attended by further seated figures resting near a fountain in a wooded landscape with a village beyond, within a stylised picture frame border decorated with scrolling acanthus-wrapped shell clasps, within a blue outer slip, minor losses and areas of reweaving, the slip partially folded under
    9 ft. 9 in. x 20 ft. 3 in. (298 cm. x 618 cm.)


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    George Smith Bradshaw designed this series based on images by Jean-Antoine Watteau (d. 1721) and Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater (d. 1736).
    The Dance is based on Watteau's Le Départ pour Cythère for the lady in front of the flute-player, the Fête Venitienne for the architecture and Le Passetemps, the L'Assemblée galante for the dancing couple, the La Perspective for the central couple, while most figures are taken from Pater's Fête in a Park in the Wallace Collection, D.S. MacColl, Bradshaw's Tapestries at Ham House, The Burlington Magazine, Oct 1917, pp. 148 - 157.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN