Tapestry showing Psyche and the Basketmaker

François BoucherNovember 1741 - August 1742

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

This tapestry is part of the first complete set of tapestries telling “The Story of Psyche” woven by the Beauvais tapestry manufactory. Its elegant and sensuous style is a superb example of the fashionable compositions designed for the factory by Francois Boucher from the mid-1730s to the 1740s. The tapestries illustrate scenes from the myth of Psyche and derive from seventeenth-century adaptations of the literary work of the Roman poet Lucius Apuleius (A.D. 125-180).
The Story of Psyche was Boucher's second commission for the Beauvais factory, and the designs, which went on the looms in 1741, continued to be woven until 1770.


  • Title: Tapestry showing Psyche and the Basketmaker
  • Date: November 1741 - August 1742
  • Location: Beauvais, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 feet 10 1/8 inches x 7 feet 7 5/16 inches (300 x 232 cm)
  • Provenance: Bequest of Eleanore Elkins Rice, 1939
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Wool and silk
  • Weaver: Woven by the Beauvais tapestry manufactory, France, 1664 - present
  • Manuscript/Series/Book Title: From a set of five tapestries called "The Story of Psyche"
  • Foreign Title: Psyché et le vannier
  • Designer: Designed by François Boucher, French, 1703 - 1770

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