11631 – A PAIR OF POLYCHROME SILK EMBROIDERIES DEPICTING ZOOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES AFTER NICOLAS HUET THE YOUNGER (1770–1830)

11631 AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF EXQUISITE POLYCHROME SILK EMBROIDERIES WITH TEMPERA PAINTED BACKGROUND IN THEIR ORIGINAL GILT WOOD AND COMPOSITION FRAMES DEPICTING ZOOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES WITH ZEBRAS AND GNU IN THE JARDIN DES PLANTS, PARIS, AFTER NICOLAS HUET THE YOUNGER (1770–1830) Probably French. Dated June 20, 1820. Measurements: Zebras – Framed: Width: 18 1/2″ (47 cm); […]



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Of silk embroidery on silk ground, overlaid with gouache for the skies and clouds. In original gilt wood and composition frames, under glass.

Marks:
Inscribed in pencil beneath the frame:
20 Juin Mardi(?) 1820

Signed indistinctly:
Mr. (…)lier

This unusual pair of mixed media pictures employs exquisitely worked silk embroidery on a gouache painted silk ground to depict two zoological landscapes, specifically scenes from the Jardin des Plantes, the zoological garden in Paris established in 1793. The tableaux are taken from original works by Nicolas Huet the younger (1770–1830), and engraved by Lambert Frères, circa 1805. One is titled Le gnu, une chêvre et son petit près leur cabanne au Jardin des Plantes and the second is labeled Le zebra et son petit près leur cabanne au Jardin des Plantes. Both are captioned: Dessiné d’après nature par Huet fils Peintre de la Ménagerie de sa Majesté l’Impératrice Reine et du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle.

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