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  • Lot 1234. "Esther's bathroom". Louis XV tapestry from the Royal Gobelin Manufactory. Woven in Michele Audran's workshop, after a design by J.F. of Troy, 1738, and completed in 1743.

    "Esther's bathroom".

    Louis XV tapestry from the Royal Gobelin Manufactory. Woven in Michele Audran's workshop, after a design by J.F. of Troy in 1738, and finished in 1743. This tapestry only conserves the main scene of the original design, the upper part of it having been lost and the border that surrounds it added in a later period.


    The tapestry that we offer is part of a series of seven, woven in the royal workshops of Gobelins that represent the Story of Esther. In her scene, this one of hers is represented seated and attended by her maids, one of them washing her feet with a basin, another clasping a bracelet, and a third offering her mistress a mirror.


    The series corresponds to a commission from Louis XV himself to the royal workshops, entrusting the cartoons to Jean-Frangois de Troy (1679-1752), who finished them in 1738 (in the cloth itself, J.F. de Troy is woven. 1738). In 1743 the cloths of "Esther's bath" and "The Coronation of Esther" were exhibited in the Palace of Versailles itself, before being delivered on December 3, 1744 to the "Garde Meuble" to be used for the chambers of the Infanta Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, future wife of the Dauphin.


    A copy of "Esther's Bath", woven between 1778 and 1785, is today in the Royal Collection and is kept in the Queen's Courtroom at Windsor Castle, England. Likewise, different copies of the series are preserved in places such as the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg or the Compiegne Castle, in France.


    Measurements: 205 x 315 cm

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