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Fire Screen Panel

Manufactory Savonnerie Manufactory
After a design by Claude Audran III French

Not on view

This woven panel for a fire screen, given to Emperor Joseph II in 1777, was part of a limited stock Louis XVI exhausted through presents to Paul and Maria Feodorovna of Russia and to Gustav III of Sweden. This left the Savonnerie textile factory scrambling to adapt a larger folding screen panel into one suitable for a fire screen when the king later wanted to offer the same design to Prince Henry of Prussia.

Fire Screen Panel, Savonnerie Manufactory (Manufactory, established 1626; Manufacture Royale, established 1663), Wool, possibly linen, French

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