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A UNIQUE SET OF FIVE FAUX TAPESTRY PANELS DEPICTING SCENES FROM GRÉTRY’S OPÉRA-COMIQUE, ZÉMIRE ET AZOR

French. Circa 1775.

Measurements

Large Panel: Height: 87" (221 cm); Width: 112" (284.5 cm).
Four Smaller Panels: Height: 87" (221 cm); Width: 66" (168 cm)

Research

Of tempera on canvas. Each panel depicting a vignette from the tale of Zémire et Azor showing elegant ladies and gentlemen in period costume variously swooning and indicating horror at the sight of the beastly Azor. All set within a painted faux gilt frame. Stretchers replaced, minor restorations, water stain to base of one panel.

A favorite opera-comique of Marie-Antoinette, Zémire et Azor was composed by Andre Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) and its libretto was written by Jean-Francois Marmontel (1723-1799).  It was first performed at Fontainebleau in November of 1771 and was dedicated to Madame du Barry, and would later be performed for the emperor Napoleon.  The story was an adaptation set in Persia of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s tale ‘La Belle et Bete’ (‘Beauty and the Beast’) first published in 1756.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.