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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca

Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters

Manufacture de Beauvais
From cartoons by François Boucher
After 1741
Wool and silk
363 x 616 cm

This piece is part of the Tapestry of the Story of Psyche.

Under the direction of the goldsmith Nicolas Besnier (?-1754) and the artistic supervision of the painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), the flourishing royal tapestry workshop in Beauvais employed the greatest artists of the time, such as Oudry himself and above all François Boucher (1703-1770), who created the models for six tapestry. The poised grace of his mythological subjects enhances their decorative character and breaks away from the great historical paintings of the previous century.

Apart from Boucher - for the 18th century alone - the myth of Psyche, taken from the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, also known as the Golden Ass, inspired the painter Charles Natoire (1700-1777) in his decorative painting for the Princess of Soubise in Paris and two tapestries in Brussels. The five Beauvais pieces came off the looms in 1741 and 1742, but despite their charm, each piece was only woven again six to ten times. Complete sets were produced on several occasions, for a commission in Marseille in 1742, the Ambassador of Spain in 1744, the King of Sweden in 1745, the Infant Duke of Parma in 1748, Louis XV in 1758 and the King of Prussia in 1764.

The copy at the Petit Palais is made up of two tapestries joined together. We do not know when it was made. It would appear to be before it was bought by the American collector Edward Tuck from the ninth Duke of Marlborough, who had bought it in Rome in the late 19th century.

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
"BOUCHE" (on a step of the palace)
Inventory number: 
OTUCK00019
Inventory number : OTUCK00019
Acquisition details : Edward Tuck and Julia Stell donation, 1921
Room 11. Art in the reign of Louis XV
The 18th century
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