Allegory of Fire (Venus Visiting Vulcan)

Various artists/makers

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 514

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. 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.

Allegory of Fire (Venus Visiting Vulcan), General conception by Jacques Germain Soufflot (French, Irancy 1713–1780 Paris), Wool, silk (22-24 warps per inch, 9–10 per cm.), French, Paris

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