6.1 x 7.6 Tapestry 2276

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6.1 x 7.6 Tapestry 2276

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IN 1760, THE FASHIONABLE ARCHITECT ROBERT ADAM WAS CHOSEN TO DESIGN A NEW TAPESTRY ROOM FOR CROOME COURT, IN ENGLAND. BOTH ADAM AND THE EARL OF COVENTRY SOUGHT A FRENCH FEEL FOR THE ROOM AND ACTUALLY WAITED OUT THE SEVEN YEARS WAR TO ACQUIRE TAPESTRIES FROM THE GOBELINS WORKSHOP IN FRANCE. WHEN THE EARL FINALLY ARRIVED AT THE GOBELINS MANUFACTORY,FRANCOIS BOUCHER HAD JUST BEEN TRANSFERRED THERE FROM BEAUVAIS.DIRECTOR JEAN-GERMAIN SOUFFLOT CONCEIVED OF THE TAPESTRY COMPOSITION FOR CROOME COURT. THE COMPOSITION CONSISTED OF MEDALLIONS CONTAININGSCENES BY BOUCHER. THE DECORATIVE PAINTER MAURICE JACQUES PLACED THEMEDALLIONS ON A CRIMSON AND DARK PINK GROUND, PATTERNED WITH FLOWERSAND LEAVES SIMULATING SILK DAMASK AND SUSPENDED THEM FROM A FRAME LIKE BOARDER RESEMBLING CARVED AND GILDED WOOD. WHEN THE ROOM AT CROOMCOURT WAS COMPLETED, THE TAPESTRIES QUICKLY BEGUN TO BE REGARDED ASTHE FINEST IN ENGLAND AND GOBLINS WOVE NINE MORE SETS OF THE MEDALLIONTAPESTRIES, WHICH ARE NOW KNOWN AS TENTURES DE BOUCHER. IT IS FROM THE MAGNIFICENT TAPESTRIES OF CROOME COURT THAT RENAISSANCE HAS RECREATED “ANYMONE RESCUED FROM A SATYR BY NEPTUNE”. 

THE MEDALLION SCENE WAS ORIGINALLY A FULL SCALE TAPESTRY DESIGN DEPICTING “ANYMONE RESCUED FROM A SATYR BY NEPTUNE” AND IS WOVEN AFTER A MID 18TH CENTURY DESIGN BY FRANCOIS BOUCHER FOR A SERIES OF TAPESTRIES KNOWN AS LES AMOURS DE DIEUX. THE SERIES CONSISTED OF NINE SUBJECTS, “ANYMONE” BEING THE THIRD. “ANYMONE” WAS WOVEN ABOUT TEN TIMES IN THE 18TH CENTURY AT BEAUVAIS, SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH ARE HOUSED IN MAJOR EUROPEAN MUSEUMS, INCLUDING THE HERMITAGE.

“ANYMONE” GAINED SUCH POPULARITY THAT BOUCHER REPEATED IT FOR THE GOBLINS MANUFACTORY IN ONE OF THE CENTRAL MEDALLIONS FOR THE SERIES TENTURE DE BOUCHER. THE SUBJECT WAS ALSO ADAPTED TO THE LOOMS AT AUBUSSON AND WAS PRODUCED UNTIL THE 19TH CENTURY.

ANYMONE RESCUED FROM A SATYR BY NEPTUNE
AFTER A DESIGN BY FRANCOIS BOUCHER

19TH CENTURY GOBELINS STYLE

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