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Beauvais


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A French tapestry factory founded in 1664 by Colbert and patronized by the Crown. In 1726 J. B. Oudry was appointed chief designer and the factory specialized in Rococo designs. The painter François Boucher designed 45 tapestries for Beauvais, including The Story of Psyche (1741) and The Loves of the Gods (1749). Even during the Neoclassical period the factory continued to produce lively and bucolic scenes. After closure in 1793, the factory reopened in 1794 as a State concern and during the 19th century it specialized in covers for furniture.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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