This is one of a series of twelve tapestries, each of which shows an astrological sign for a month with a French royal palace in the background. The month of December shows the Château of Monceaux (demolished in 1799, during the French Revolution) through the bare trees. On the left, Louis XIV leads a hunting party with horsemen and hounds after a wild boar. In the center of the top border, the astrological sign of Capricorn hangs between garlands of winter fruit and vegetables. In the foreground, two liveried pages drape a rare Near Eastern carpet over the balustrade, while a moorhen, crane, and bustard—birds from the royal menagerie—strut along the front.


  • Title: Château of Monceaux / Month of December (Full front)
  • Creator: Charles Le Brun, Joseph Yvart, Abraham Genoels, Adriaen-Frans Boudewyns (called Baudoin), François Bonnemer, Jean-Baptiste Martin (called Martin des Batailles), Various makers, Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory, Jean de la Croix
  • Date Created: before 1712
  • Location Created: Gobelins, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 317.5 × 330.8 cm (125 × 130 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Textile
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Wool and silk
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.DD.309
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Design conceived by Charles Le Brun , about 1665- by 1668 (French, 1619 - 1690) Cartoon for the horizontal-warp loom painted collaboratively by Joseph Yvart , (French, 1649 - 1728) Abraham Genoels , (Flemish, about 1640 - 1723) Adriaen-Frans Boudewyns (called Baudoin) , (Flemish, 1644 - 1711) François Bonnemer , (French, 1637 - 1689) Jean-Baptiste Martin (called Martin des Batailles) (French, 1659 - 1735) and Various makers , about 1668 Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory , (French, founded 1662) in the horizontal-loom workshop of Jean de la Croix (French, died 1714)
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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