Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Catherine II of Russia

Designer:
Philippe de Lasalle (French, 1723–1804)
Date:
ca. 1771
Culture:
French, Lyons
Medium:
Woven and embroidered silk
Dimensions:
Overall, loom width: H. 40 x W. 29 1/2in. (101.6 x 74.9cm); Framed: H. 45 x W. 33 1/2 in. (114.3 x 85.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.78
Not on view
The inscription embroidered along the bottom of the portrait proclaims "From the Nile to the Bosphorus, the Ottoman trembles; her people adore her, the world applauds." This was written by the philosopher Voltaire expressly for Lasalle's woven portrait of the Russian empress.
Inscription: In upper left corner: LASALLE FECIT; across bottom: DU NIL AU BOSPHORE. L'OTTOMAN FREMIT. SON PEUPLE L'ADORE. LA TERRE APPLAUDIT (From the Nile to the Bosphorus the Ottoman trembles: Her people adore her, the world applauds.). Both inscriptions embroidered in white silk in satin stitch.
Mrs. Henry Walters , New York (until 1941; her sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 26, 1941, No. 623; sold to MMA)
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