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America from a set of The Four Continents

Designer:
Jean Jacques François Le Barbier (French, Rouen 1738–1826 Paris)
Maker:
Workshop of de Menou (French, active 1780–93)
Manufactory:
Beauvais
Patron:
Commissioned for Louis XVI, King of France (French, Versailles 1754–1793 Paris)
Date:
designed ca. 1786, woven 1790–91
Culture:
French, Beauvais
Medium:
Wool, silk (19-21 warps per inch, 8 per cm.)
Dimensions:
H. 144 x W. 180 inches (365.8 x 457.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Claus von Bülow Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.404.1
Not on view
Commissioned by Louis XVI, this piece belongs to a set of four wall hangings (1978.404.1–.4) and fifty-six pieces of furniture upholstery (1978.404.4a–c–.18a–c) depicting the four continents: America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Commissioned for Louis XVI, King of France ; possibly Garde Meuble de la République (delivered to Versailles, February 20, 1793) ; Abraham Alcan (from September 24, 1796) ; Private Collection, France (from May 18, 1852; sold in Paris to de Béarn) ; Prince de Béarn (1852–at least 1886) ; Gaston Menier (purchased in 1893) ; possibly Private Collection, USA (from 1939 or 1942) ; [ Sotheby's, London , December 13, 1974 ] ; [ Artemis S. A. , in 1975 ] ; [ E. V. Thaw & Co. , 1978; sold to MMA ]
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