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18th Century

By the turn of the 18th century the French court led fashionable taste and, apart from tapestries for public places, there was a move away from the former imposing and over-scale designs. Ornamental tapestries such as grotesques and armorials grew in popularity. In general there was a preference for smaller scale figures and more intimate designs. The range of designs widened to include chinoiserie, and designs of country life after David Teniers II (1610-1690), games, and sports as well as reinterpreting classical and mythological stories, and of course recording contemporary history. Landscape design also evolved, strongly influenced by the realism of Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), as well as an appetite for the exotic with depictions of scenes from the East.

The Encampment

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From an allegorical series The Art of War, also known as Scenes of Military Life
Woven in the workshops of Jermone LeClerc (signed)
Brussels, circa 1710
14ft 8in width x 10ft 4in height
4.47m x 3.15m

  • Chinoiserie Landscape Tapestry

    Chinoiserie Landscape Tapestry

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    Aubusson, circa 1730
    8ft 0in width x 9ft 7in height
    2.44m x 2.92m

  • "Berainesque" Entre-fenêtre Tapestry

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    From the series Grotesques de Berain
    After designs by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699)
    Beauvais, 18th Century
    3ft 6in width x 10ft 3in height
    1.07m x 3.12m

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