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Tapestry Comedians

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design/model: probably Antoine des Pesne (1683-1858); execution Manufaktur Charles Vigne (1720/25-1751)ca. 1742-1748Berlintapestry/weave: warp: wool yarn; weft: wool, silk330 x 520 cm

Five comedians have gathered on a garden terrace of such a splendid architecture that it appears to be a stage. Apart from the harlequin seen from the rear and clad in white, all figures wear modern and elegant courtly attire. Against the background of the French regular park, one can discern the baroque Kameke Hall near Berlin, built in 1712 by the architect Andreas Schlüter. Wreaths of flowers and fruits, as well as birds and corner vases, constitute the border decoration. Antoine Pesne was a painter at the Prussian court, whereas Charles Vigne had a tapestry manufacture in a wing of the Royal stables in Berlin.