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September from a set of The Months of Lucas

Designer:
Master of the Months of Lucas (Netherlandish, active about 1535)
Designer:
Additions and alterations probably by Joseph Yvart (1649–1728)
Designer:
and Charles Chastelain (1672–1755)
Designer:
and perhaps by Louis de Boulogne the Younger (1654–1733)
Designer:
Borders by Pierre Josse Perrot (active 1724–35)
Maker:
Woven under the direction of Michel Audran (French, 1701–1771 Paris)
Manufactory:
Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins (French, established 1662)
Patron:
Commissioned for Comte de Toulouse (1678–1737)
Date:
designed ca. 1535, woven 1732–37
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Wool, silk (20-21 warps per inch, 8-9 per cm.)
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 142 1/8 x W. 185 13/16 in. (361 x 472 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1944
Accession Number:
44.60.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 511
This tapestry is one from a twelve-piece series known as the Months of Lucas. Updated by the French artists Joseph Yvart and Charles Chasterlain, the core designs are based on a considerably earlier, sixteenth-century Netherlandish cycle, the so-called Months of Lucas, attributed to an artist in the circle of Bernard van Orley. Both the original Brussels-woven series and the Gobelins re-edition proved exceedingly popular and were woven multiple times. The set from which this September comes was made for the comte de Toulouse, son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan.
Signature: (lower right) AUDRAN
Commissioned for Comte de Toulouse (1732–37) ; Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre , Hôtel de Toulouse, Paris (by descent, from 1737) ; Louis Philippe, King of France , Domaine de Monceaux (9 pieces, until January 28, 1852) ; 3rd Earl Somers (9 pieces, before 1883) ; Lady Henry Somerset , Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire (by descent, from 1883) ; [ Duveen Brothers , 1918] ; John D. Rockefeller Jr. (before 1920–probably 1944; to MMA)
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