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Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774
Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774 - Tapestry & Carpet Style Louis XV Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774 - Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774 - Louis XV
Ref : 79300
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Period :
18th century
Medium :
Wool and silk
Dimensions :
l. 31.5 inch X H. 39.37 inch
Tapestry & Carpet  - Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774 18th century - Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774 Louis XV - Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774
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Portrait in wool and silk, Munich Factory 1774

Rare tapestry portrait representing the Palatine Count Jean of Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen (1698-1780).
Dressed in a blue jacket, he wears the order of the Bavarian lion. *

Parisian frame in gilded oak wood, Louis XV period.

Work of the Munich Tapestry Factory * 18th century.


Frame: Height: 100 cm; Width: 80 cm

Tapestry: Height: 80 cm; Width: 60 cm

* Joseph Chedeville is a Gobelins worker in Paris, a factory which is known throughout Europe for reaching an unparalleled technical level.
Many "defector" workers will be poached by the biggest powers to take over the management of their own factories.
This was the case in 1716 with Tsar Peter the Great who hired a dozen workers for the St Petersburg factory.
In 1765, Maximilian III Joseph, prince-elector of Bavaria, also confided to two Parisians, Joseph Chédeville, former upholsterer of the Gobelins, and a certain Jacques Santigny, the task of reviving and developing the tapestry factory in Munich, established in 1718.
This is how the factory soon achieved, with masterpieces like the "Triumph of Bacchus" (1769) and the "Triumph of Flora" (1774), "a quality worthy of the Goblins"

* Order of the Bavarian Lion:
Charles IV Theodore, Elector Palatine, founded the Order of the Lion on January 1, 1768, to celebrate the 25th year of his reign. Originally called the Palatine Lion Order (in German: "Orden vom Pfälzer Löwen"), the order was renamed the Bavarian Lion Order when the Palatinate-Sulzbach branch inherited the Duchy of Bavaria (Bavarian electorate) in 1777 of the elder branch of the house of Wittelsbach.

The cross of the order is suspended from a wide ribbon passing from right to left, and the plaque fixed on the left side. The clergymen wear the decoration hanging from their necks.
The cross is a Maltese cross of blue enamel. The arms of the cross are confined to silver flames. In the center of the cross, there is a central medallion of blue enamel carrying on the obverse the Palatine lion (of) gold on, around, in a broad border of white enamel, the Latin motto "MERENTI". On the reverse is the monogram of the founder CT under the "Kurhut (de)" (in French: "voter's hat") and the mention INSTITU.AN.1768 ("institutum anno 1768" (in French: "instituted in 1768 ")).

Our subject is one of the 20 recipients of this honorary order.

Our opinion :

Much more expensive than a traditional oil portrait, the tapestry portrait enjoyed great success in the 1760s in Paris.
The Gobelins factory is the only one able to deal with this type of subject.
We know very few of these portraits which represent only crowned heads, among them that of Henri IV after Frans Pourbus, that of the Regent after Jean Baptiste Santerre or that of the king of Poland Stanislas Leszczynski after Rigaud are still kept at the Gobelins museum.
These three portraits, very close to our model in terms of rendering, were woven by the manufacture between 1760 and 1770 in an undetermined workshop.
Besides its very decorative aspect, the work that we present in perfect condition, is a very beautiful document with little equal, but in the most prestigious museums.

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