Designed by Jean Baptiste Huet (French, 1745–1811) after Jean Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728-1808) Jouy-en-Josas or Nantes, France
About this artwork
Copperplate printing reached England via Ireland and then found its way to France, where one of the country’s most important printing centers was established at Jouy-en-Josas by Christopher-Philippe Oberkampf in 1760. Jean-Baptiste Huet trained as a painter and was chief designer at the Jouy-en-Josas Manufactory for twenty-eight years. His chinoiserie scene presents a theme that fascinated Europeans, particularly during the eighteenth century. Entire rooms in palaces and hotels were decorated with furniture, porcelain, metal, lacquerwork, and fabrics, all conceived as whimsical, highly westernized versions of Far Eastern forms, designs, and motifs. Many a European garden encompassed a latticed teahouse or pagoda not unlike those pictured here. Panels such as this, with their large-scale repeats, would have been used on chairs and sofas, as well as to cover vast expanses of wall.
274 × 99.1 cm (107 7/8 × 39 in.); Warp repeat: H.: 92.2 cm (36 1/4 in.)
Gift of Robert Allerton
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Christa Charlotte Mayer, Masterpieces of Western Textiles from the Art Institute of Chicago, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1969), 200, pl. 156.
Christa Mayer Thurman, Textiles in The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992) 94, 96, 147.
John W. Keefe, “Selected Works of 18th Century French Art in the Collections of the The Art Institute of Chicago, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1976), 189-219.
New York, Metropolitam Museum of Art, Retrospective Exhibitions of Painted and Printed Fabrics, May 16- Sept.11, 1927.
Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpieces of Western Textiles, Jan. 25–Mar. 2, 1969, cat.
Art Institute of Chicago, Selected Works of
Eighteenth Century French Art in the Collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Jan. 24–Mar. 28, 1976, cat.
Art Institute of Chicago, Agnes Allerton Gallery, Printed Fabrics from the Permanent Collection, Aug. 8, 1981–Jan. 31, 1982.
Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative Arts, Dec. 18, 1992- June 7, 1993.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative Arts, Gallery 65
March 24, 1989- January 31, 1990
January 6- June 6, 1995
January 18- July 20, 2001
May 15- September 11, 2003
The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative Arts, Gallery 64, Sept. 17, 1997- Jan. 21, 1998.
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