The Stotesbury Art Collection

Chinese Fair
Beauvais Chinoiserie Tapestry, after
Boucher and Dumont

Chinese Fair 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.

Presently at the Cleveland Museum of Art (unfortunately not on display)

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.

Chinese Fair Tapestry in the Ballroom at Whitemarsh Hall

The Beauvais tapestry Chinese Fair on the west side of the ballroom in Whitemarsh Hall

Photo Source: Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, U.S. Library of Congress

West side of Ballroom

The west end of the ballroom, showing the Chinese Fair tapestry on the wall. The portrait over the fireplace is Captain Stables by George Romney.

Photo Source: Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, U.S. Library of Congress

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