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Amours des Dieux. Apollo et Clytie: T.1-1949

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Current Location: Gallery 17 staircase


Amours des Dieux. Apollo et Clytie
Translated as: Loves of the Gods. Apollo and Clytie


Factory: Beauvais factory




Tapestry from the "Loves of the Gods" series illustrating the classical myth of apollo and Clytie

Apollo and Clytie are the central characters to this composition. Apollo ascends on clouds, loosening his embrace of Clytie, before her abandonment and transformation into the sunflowers seen at the lower left-hand corner. Below, in the right-hand corner, two nymphs watch the unfolding scene or play musical instruments, while a stream flows from overturned urns. Above two putti hover in front of, or rest on, an ethereal arch. To the left of the arch horses approach pulling the chariot of their master the sun god Apollo. One horse hooks left towards Apollo, anticipating the closing scene as he rides away bringing nightfall. A woven imitation of a carved and gilded frame borders the pictorial space. It is surmounted by the Royal arms of France and Navarre.

The tapestry is woven in wook and silk on woolen warps.


History note: Sold at Sotheby's, 25th February 1949, Lot. 157 (Sir Bernard Eckstein sale) to Messrs F. Partridge & Sons

Legal notes

Purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with the aid of a grant from the Marlay Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 ft
Width: 9.11 ft

Place(s) associated

  • Beauvais ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1949-03-02)


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1756 CE - Circa 1761 CE


After Boucher and attributed to Charlemagne Charron who succeeded to the dictatorship of the Beauvais factory in 1755.

The bottom galloon edge of the tapestry is a replacement.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

upper two thirds of the tapistry are made up almost entirely of silk weft. Silk

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.1-1949
Primary reference Number: 110534
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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