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A NAPOLEON III TAPESTRY woven in wools and silks with a stag hunting party before a chateau, the foreground with a lady holding a basket of fruit before a silk-draped dais flanked by herms, within a border of C-scrolls and acanthus, the top border centred by a cabochon, with three fleur-de-lys and a St.-Esprit below a crown

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A NAPOLEON III TAPESTRY woven in wools and silks with a stag hunting party before a chateau, the foreground with a lady holding a basket of fruit before a silk-draped dais flanked by herms, within a border of C-scrolls and acanthus, the top border centred by a cabochon, with three fleur-de-lys and a St.-Esprit below a crown
87½ x 112in. (222 x 285.5cm.)

Lot Essay

The design of this tapestry is inspired by the Series of the Months, or Royal Residences, first woven at the Gobelins Factory between 1676 and 1680 in the atelier of Jan Jans and Jean le Febure. Unlike the original series, the winged cabochon is not hung with a pendant medallion displaying a sign of the Zodiac. Thus, though the present tapestry most closely relates to the June composition, 'La Vue de Fontainebleau, Le Roi à la Chasse', neither the chateau nor the autumnal presence of grapes, pomegranates, peas and rose-hips corresponds. A pair of revival tapestries woven by Braquenie & Cie. depicting the months of May and November (sold in these Rooms, 12 Novebmer 1965, lot 19), displayed a similar artistic licence in their representation of St. Germain, fusing it with elements from the September tapestry of Chambord.
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