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Allegories of Air (Cephalus and Aurora) and Earth (Vertumnus and Pomona)

Designer:
General conception by Jacques Germain Soufflot (French, Irancy 1713–1780 Paris)
Designer:
Pictorial medallions designed by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Designer:
Alentours only designed by Maurice Jacques (French, 1712–1784)
Maker:
Workshop of Jacques Neilson (French, 1714–1788)
Manufactory:
Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins (French, established 1662)
Patron:
Commissioned for George William Coventry, 6th earl of Coventry (Croome Court, Worcestershire, England)
Date:
designed 1758–67, woven 1764–71
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Wool, silk (22-24 warps per inch, 9-10 per cm)
Dimensions:
H. 10 ft. x W. 27 ft., 3 in. (3.05 m. x 8.31 m.)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 516
The Tapestry Room from Croome Court, Worcestershire, the seat of the Earls of Coventry, was begun in 1763 and finished in 1771. The sixth Earl of Coventry (1722–1809) commissioned these tapestries for Croome Court from Jacques Neilson's workshop at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory in Paris in August 1763. Portraying scenes from classical myths symbolizing the elements, the medallions are based on designs by François Boucher. Portraying scenes from classical myths symbolizing the elements, the medallions are based on designs by François Boucher. The set was delivered and in place by June 1771. The group was the first using this design to be woven with a crimson background and it may have been the first made specifically to extend around four walls of a room without architectural frames.
Signature: (in right medallion) f.Bouché.P.
Commissioned for George William Coventry, 6th earl of Coventry ; Earls of Coventry (1771–ca. 1900) ; Maurice Fenaille (before 1901) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , Paris (before 1932) ] ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
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