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Armchair back

Factory:
Beauvais
Designer:
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, Paris 1686–1755 Beauvais)
Factory director:
woven under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, Paris 1686–1755 Beauvais)
Factory director:
and André Charlemagne Charron (French, active 1754–80)
Date:
1754–56
Culture:
French, Beauvais
Medium:
Wool and silk
Dimensions:
H. 29 x W. 24 in. (approx.) (73.7 x 61 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1935
Accession Number:
35.145.26a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 525
This piece is part of a set of twelve armchairs and two settees ordered in Paris in 1753 by Baron Johann Ernst Bernstorff, Danish ambassador to the court of Versailles between 1744 and 1751. After returning to Denmark, Bernstorff commissioned this seat furniture for the tapestry room of his new residence in Copenhagen that was hung with four wall tapestries of the Amours des Dieux series woven at the Beauvais Manufactory. This chair illustrates how French furniture and furnishings were imported all over Europe for the enrichment of palaces and mansions far from Paris. The tapestry covers are woven with animal and bird subjects after designs by the painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686–1755).
Count Johann Hartvig Ernst Bernstorff , Bernstorff Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark ; Andreas Peter Bernstorff ; Prince Frederick Ferdinand and Princess Caroline of Denmark ; King Georg of the Hellenes ; [ Charles Wertheimer ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan ; [ Duveen Brothers ] ; John D. Rockefeller Jr. (until 1935; to MMA)
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