The Wallace Collection

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Tapestry panel
  • Tapestry panel
  • Pierre-François Cozette (1714 - 1801) , Weaver
  • France
  • c. 1763 - 1764
  • Tapestry wool, silk and oak stretcher, gilt wood frame
  • Object size: 61.7 x 51.7 cm, stretcher
    Object size: 66.5 x 57.8 cm, tapestry
  • Inscription: 'Drouais, fils / p.ixt / Cozette / ex.it.', 'ixt' and 'it' are in superscript Woven
    Label: 'A LA PALETTE D'OR, / Place du MUSÉE-NAPOLEON, rue Fromenteau, N°. 195, vis-à-vis / le Télégraphe. / REY, Marchand de Couleurs, / TIENT tout ce qui concerne les objets utiles à la Peinture à l'huile, à la Miniature, le / Dessin, et des Papiers de toutes qualités; le Lavis, et toutes sortes de Crayons; le Pastel et / Bordures dorées de mesures; fait aussi la fourniture des Bâtimens. Il vernit et restaure les / Tableaux. Fait des envois dans les Départemens et à l'Etranger.' Printed
  • F340
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This is one of a pair of tapestries (with F341) woven at the Gobelins by Pierre-François Cozette. It is signed 'Cozette', and the subject is after the painting 'Un Jeune Eleve' by François-Hubert Drouais which was exhibited at the Salon of 1761 where it was described as belonging to the marquis de Marigny, brother of Madame de Pompadour, and was praised by Diderot. Two years later, Drouais exhibited the pendant painting 'Une Petite Fille, jouant avec un chat' at the Salon, likewise admired by Diderot; both paintings appeared in the Marigny sale of 1782 in which the following lot was a pair of Gobelins tapestries of the same subjects. These are believed to have been bought by the duc de Penthievre, and from thence to the Musee de Tours where they still are.
    The Wallace Collection pair dates from a year later, 1763-4. There is a further pair known, in the Louvre, but these are signed Cozette fils, presumably referring to P-F Cozette's elder son, and dated 1764.
    Drouais was a renowned portrait painter, and well known for his paintings of children, often dressed in rustic clothes despite their privileged backgrounds. It is not known who the subjects in these two portraits are, but it has been suggested that the little girl is the daughter of F-C de Silvestre, an artist who became court painter to the King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. P-F Cozette, who ran the workshop in the Gobelins, was an artist himself and introduced the idea of small portrait tapestries after paintings, although these were usually of sovereigns.