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A Chinoiserie verdeur tapestry, woven in silks and wools with a pagoda, resting on top of a hill with trees, birds and a temple beyond, the foreground woven with peacocks, herons and cormorants on a dense floral ground, the border reduced, faded, with areas of repair, possibly Flemish, 172 x 103in. (860 x 515cm)

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A Chinoiserie verdeur tapestry, woven in silks and wools with a pagoda, resting on top of a hill with trees, birds and a temple beyond, the foreground woven with peacocks, herons and cormorants on a dense floral ground, the border reduced, faded, with areas of repair, possibly Flemish, 172 x 103in. (860 x 515cm)

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This exotic scene, perhaps emblematic of Asia, depicts the hunter's weapons suspended on a rustic draped dais overlooking a Chinese flower-filled park inhabited by peacocks and exotic birds. Waterside steps lead to an island pavilion, while palm-trees grow beside a pagoda on the far shore. The columned and bell-hung pavilion like that depicted in the Erleigh Court tapestry woven at Soho works established by Joshua Morris during the reign of Queen Anne (see H.C. Mariller, English Tapestries of the late 18th Century, 1932, p34). Various elements in this tapestry derive from the same source as the celebrated 'History of the Chinese Emperor' woven in the 1720's at Beauvais (see M. Jarry 'Chinoiseries a la mode de Beauvais' Plaisirs de France, May 1967).
Jean Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808) was one of the most imaginative and fantastic of all rococo designers. He was born in Lyons, the son of a textile designer and worked with The Gobelins Tapestry factory in Paris. His great influence on design was exerted through engravings of his designs which were widely used and imitated by weavers, cotton printers, porcelain printers and marquetry workers.
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