Don Quixote Delivered from Folly by Wisdom

Tapestry of Don Quixote and Sancho and figures of Folly by Wisdom with a red, gold, and floral border

Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory (French)
under the direction of Michel Audran (French, 1701−1771)
and his son Jean Audran fils (French, d. 1794)
Main scene after Charles Coypel (French, 1694–1752)
Alentour after Claude Audran III (French, 1658−1734),
Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils (French, 1668−1730),
and Alexandre-François Desportes (French, 1661−1743) 
Don Quixote Delivered from Folly by Wisdom
Wool and silk; modern cotton support straps and lining
12 ft. 2 in. x 12 ft. 8 in. (370.8 x 386.1 cm)
Signed, lower right corner of field: audran [the n incomplete]; lower right corner of border: audran.g. 1773
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (82.DD.66)

Provenance: Given by Louis XVI on August 20, 1786 to Albert and Marie-Christine (sister of Queen Marie-Antoinette), Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Teschen and Joint Governors of the Austrian Netherlands. By descent to Karl Ludwig Johann Joseph Lorenz, Duke of Teschen, 1822. By descent to Albrecht Friedrich Rudolf, Duke of Teschen, 1847. By descent to Friedrich Maria Albrecht Wilhelm Karl, Duke of Teschen, Schloss Halbturn, Burgenland, Austria, 1895 (removed to London, 1936). Alice Bucher, Lucerne, Switzerland (offered for sale, Sotheby’s, London, December 8, 1967, lot 1). Galerie Römer, Zurich, 1981. Sold Sotheby’s, Monaco, June 14, 1982, lot 571. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.


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