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The Elephant, from The Berain Grotesques Series

Bordered textile depicting a festive scence on a gold backround in yellow, red, green, and blue. Three poled structures linked by garland arches dominate the scene. At center, a person rides an elephant, a while at right, two people dance near a seated leopard. Two others dance at left.
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  • Bordered textile depicting a festive scence on a gold backround in yellow, red, green, and blue. Three poled structures linked by garland arches dominate the scene. At center, a person rides an elephant, a while at right, two people dance near a seated leopard. Two others dance at left.

Date:

c. 1688/1732

Artist:

After a design by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1636–1699) in the style of Jean I Berain (1640–1711); border design by Jean I Berain
Woven at the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais under the direction of the Behagle family (directors, 1684–1711), the Filleul brothers (codirectors, 1711–22), or Noël-Antoine Mérou (director, 1722–33)
France, Beauvais

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Artist

Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (Designer)

Title

The Elephant, from The Berain Grotesques Series

Origin

France

Date

Made 1688–1732

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

461.1 × 306.4 cm (181 5/8 × 120 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Robert Allerton Endowment

Reference Number

1956.101

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