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Portiere of the Chariot of Triumph - Tapestry Pillow

Woven by skilled textile craftsmen exclusively for the Getty, this pillow reproduces a detail from one of the magnificent French tapestries in the Museum's collection. Each piece is unique, reflecting the variations in the natural fibers and complexity of weaving miles of cotton into a single tapestry.

- Materials: 100% cotton front and 100% black cotton canvas rear fabric
- Pillow Fill: Polyester
- Dimensions: 17 in x 17 in
- Care: Spot clean or dry clean as necessary
- Made in the USA
- Item #: PLLWPORT

Exemplifying the ancient tradition in which heraldic emblems proclaimed identity, the late seventeenth/early eighteenth-century tapestry that inspired this reproduction carries the coat of arms of the king of France and Navarre. The realm of Navarre (in the northern Pyrenees) was united with France since the Bourbon rule of Henri IV (king of Navarre 1572 - 1610 and king of France 1589 - 1610) until the dissolution of the French monarchy in 1792 and, afterward, during the Bourbon restoration 1814/15 - 30. Le Brun conceived this armorial hanging for Louis XIV, the grandson of Henri IV, as a portiere to be draped avross and interior doorway in a royal residence. Its imagery represents good government and the severed snake, beneath the wheels of the chariot, a symbol of vice and rebellion.

Original Object Information:
Tapestry, Portiere of the Chariot of Triumph
French (Gobelins Manufactory), 1699–1703 or 1715–1717
After a design by Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690)
Wool and silk
357.5 × 277.8 cm (140 ¾ × 109 ³/8 in.)