The Stotesbury Art Collection

Chinese Dancing
Beauvais Chinoiserie Tapestry, after
Boucher and Dumont

Chinese Dancing Tapestry
Dimensions: 11 feet 11 inches x 16 feet 10 inches

Provenance: One of four tapestries belonging to the second series of the Tentures chinoises, the sketches for which were made in 1743 by François Boucher and worked up into detailed paintings by Dumont. They were executed at Beauvais in a limited number of repetitions under the direction of Nicholas Besnier and Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1734-53), one series of which was sent as a gift to the Emperor of China.

From Duveen Brothers, New York

Sold at auction on November 18, 1944 through Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, New York, USA.

Stotesbury Location(s): Whitemarsh Hall, in the Ballroom

Sources: Exhibition of Paintings and Works of Art from the Collection of the Late Edward T. Stotesbury at the Galleries of James St. L. O'Toole, New York, 23rd April to May 10th, 1941; Paintings, Furniture, Works of Art from the Collection of the Late Edward T. Stotesbury, Philadelphia, Public Auction Sale November 18, 1944, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, New York.

View of the east side of the ballroom at Whitemarsh Hall

The east side of the Ballroom at Whitemarsh Hall, showing the Beauvais tapestry Chinese Dancing on the far wall. The portrait over the fireplace is Sir William Lemon, Bart. by George Romney.

Photo Source: Mattie Edwards Hewitt Collection, Pennsylvania State Archives

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