the gobelin tapestries

Jeune Fille Lisant. Charles-Louis-Lucien Müller (French, 1815-1892). Oil on canvas.

Müller was the pupil of Léon Cogniet, Baron Gros and others in the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1837 he exhibited his first picture, Christmas Morning. From 1850 to 1853 he directed the manufacture of Gobelin tapestries. In 1864 he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.

Armchair (one of four)

Factory: Tapestry probably woven at Royal Manufactory Beauvais 1664-1789

Date: ca. 1755–65

Culture: British and French, probably Beauvais

This rococo chair is part of a larger set of seat furniture supplied to the third Duke of Ancaster (1714–1778) for Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire. Executed in the French taste, fashionable in mid-eighteenth century England, the set was originally partly gilt and upholstered with Gobelins tapestry (now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) after designs by the painter François Boucher. The present covers were applied between 1934 and 1958.