Birds of Paradise
Provenance: 1748. An Aubusson tapestry, Permanent collection of the museum of the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie Aubusson, France.
Commissioned by Heinrich, Count von Brühl (1700-1763), the influential Polish-Saxon statesman and member of the powerful von Brühl family, the cartoon for this vibrant tapestry was created by the first “Painter of the King” at Aubusson, Jean-Joseph Dumons (1687-1779). Famous for adapting existing paintings into tapestries at the Beauvais manufactory, this peice is typical in style of the late Baroque period and includes the House of Brühl coat of arms. Inspired by the work of French Rococo painter, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), Birds of Paradise presents a wooded scene, peppered with a vibrant array of exotic birds.