Daphnis and Chloe Textile
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Provenance: Mid-late 18th Century. A suite of six Aubusson tapestries. Permanent collection of the museum of the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie.
Created by Étienne Jeaurat (1699-1789), custodian to King Louis XV and XVI’s collections of paintings at Versailles, this suite of six vibrant tapestries are unique amongst Aubusson creations. The weaving technique is notable both for being incredibly precise and for its use of fresh colours. The original tapestries also feature an inverted weave, which is unusual for an Aubusson creation and is more often associated with Les Gobelins, the company’s main tapestry-making rival. Based on the pastoral narrative composed by the Greek poet Longus in the second century A.D., the suite relays the triumphs and tragedies of two young lovers, Daphnis and Chloe. Influenced by the glorious frivolity of Rococo painters such as Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau, this beautifully decorative Tableaux Scénique celebrates the couple’s long-awaited wedding.