An Aubusson tapestry
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An Aubusson tapestry


An Aubusson tapestry
The design by Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle, Manufactured by Braquenié Frères, Aubusson, Circa 1885
Depicting a kneeling gentleman courting a princess in a tent, her maid holding a peacock-feather fan, her dog standing in front of her, surrounded by trees, on a pistaccio-colour ground, with a flower-guarland border and raspberry-colour outerborder with scrolls, storks, butterflies and griffins, inscribed to the lower left corner J. MAZEROLLE PINXIT and to the lower right BRAQUENIÉ FRES A AUBUSSON
134 in. (340.5 cm.) high; 149 in. (378.5 cm.) wide
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Lot Essay

Born in Paris in 1826, Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle (d. 1889) joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1843. A pupil of Dupuis and Gleyre, he first exhibited at the Salon in 1847. He was awarded a 3rd class medal in 1857. He then became Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and decorated rooms in the Comédie Française and the Conservatoire.
In 1843, Alexandre Braquenié joined the Demi Doineau manufactory which became 'Demy Doineau et Braquenié, Manufacture Royale de Tapis et tapisseries'. The company subsequently bought many of the Oberkampf designs, better known as 'toiles de Jouy'. In 1855, they exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle to great acclaim. In 1858, Henri-Charles Braquenié married the Demi Doineau heiress, changing the company's name to Braquenié Frères and moved to Aubusson. He was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle and included amongst his clientèle Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie as well as Victor Hugo.

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