Tapestry: L'Empereur en voyage, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, Guy-Louis Vernansal, Jean-Baptiste Belin, Beauvais Manufactoryabout 1690–1705

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In a tapestry from the series known as The Story of the Emperor of China, four attendants carry the Emperor in a palanquin. Two guards on horseback follow the procession, one wearing a sword and bearing the imperial banner and the other carrying a quiver of arrows over his shoulder. The path in front is strewn with cut flowers, apparently from baskets like the one that remains in the center bottom, resting on the border. Birds fill the air above and the palace is visible in the distance.

These tapestries are from a series called The Story of the Emperor of China, featuring imagined Chinese scenes. The Getty has six other tapestries from this same set: La Collation, La Récolte es ananas, Les Astronomes, Le Retour de la chasse, Le Thé de l’impératrice, and L’Embarquement de l’impératrice.


  • Title: Tapestry: L'Empereur en voyage, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series
  • Creator: Guy-Louis Vernansal, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay, Beauvais Manufactory, Philippe Béhagle
  • Date Created: about 1690–1705
  • Location Created: Beauvais, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 254 × 415.3 cm (100 × 163 1/2 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: 83.DD.339
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: After cartoons by Guy-Louis Vernansal (French, 1648 - 1729) and Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636 - 1699) and Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653 - 1715) Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664) Woven under the direction of Philippe Béhagle (French, 1641 - 1705)
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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