U-1512 - Antique Beauvais Portier
7ft 10in X 10ft
There is an almost identical troupe L'oeil window surround in Gobel II no.260. The tassels including the top central hanging tassels, the acanthus scroll arabesques, the rosette inner border, the fringe, all are identical or very close. There are enough differences however that they did not form a set. Gobel does not always give a size, provenance however is Dowengard sold Paris 10.6.1910. Described as "Especially beautiful". The attribution is to Beauvais, other examples were a pair in the Germeau Estate Sale 13-25, and a single piece sold in Paris 3-4,12.03 with flowers and arabesques. These latter in this example are secondary design elements. The Germeau examples were dated C.1780. A date C.1780 for this tapestry seems absolutely correct.