The Wallace Collection

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Sofa
  • Sofa
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • After Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 - 1755), (tapestry design)
  • France
  • c. 1850 (sofa frame)
    c. 1755 (tapestries)
    c. 1850 (tapestries added to frame)
  • Birch, carved and gilded, beech chassis frame, tapestry, linen backing, steel pins and bolts, wooden armpad cores
  • Object size: 123 x 219.5 x 77 cm
  • Inscription: 'Canape N.2' Incised
  • F192
  • Back State Room
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  • One of set of six armchairs and two sofas F185-92. Sofa (canapé) with carved gilt mahogany frame with arched back; upholstered with Beauvais tapestry.
    The Beauvais tapestry covers on the sofas (F191-2) and armchairs (F185-90) in the Back State Room are of the 1750s and were woven to designs by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) who, in addition to being the leading animal painter of his time, was director of the Beauvais manufactory. The back of this canapé shows a hawk attacking a duck and the seat shows a monkey, a dolphin, a dog and a sheep.
    The elaborate scrolling surrounds of the tapestries form a contrast to the neo-classical sofa and armchair frames to which they were applied in the nineteenth century.