The Pastoral Amusements

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Le Cheval Fondu Tapestry, from the Barlatier de Mas Collection, Sotogrande, Spain
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, etching made by his wife, Marie-Marguerite Froissé, after a painting by Nicolas de Largillière.

The Pastoral Amusements, (French: Les Amusements champêtres) is a series of tapestries designed between 1720 and 1730[1] by Jean-Baptiste Oudry for Noël-Antoine de Mérou, then director of the Royal Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. The first production of the designs took place at Beauvais in 1731.[2] After enjoying huge success the series was later adapted and further developed at Aubusson by Jean-Baptiste Huet the elder (d. 1811).

There are eight designs in the original series[edit]

  1. Le cheval fondu
  2. Colin-maillard
  3. La Bergère
  4. Le pied de Boeuf
  5. Le joueur d'Osselets
  6. La Balançoire
  7. Le joueur de broches
  8. Le joueur de musette


  • J. Badin, Tapisseries de Beauvais, Paris, 1909
  • D. Chevalier, Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, Paris, 1988
  1. ^ The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 133, No. 1057 (Apr., 1991), pp. 246-248
  2. ^ H. N. Opperman, Observations on the Tapestry Designs by J. B. Oudry, Beauvais Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, 1968-9