Tapestry showing Psyche Displaying Her Treasures to Her Sisters
Les Richesses de Psyché
From a set of five tapestries called "The Story of Psyche"

Designed by François Boucher, French, 1703 - 1770. Woven at the Beauvais tapestry manufactory, France, 1664 - present. Under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French, 1686 - 1755, and under the direction of Nicolas Besnier. Made for the city of Marseilles.

Made in Beauvais, France, Europe

May 1742 - January 1744

Wool, silk

9 feet 8 inches x 9 feet 3 inches (294.6 x 281.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Widener Dixon and George D. Widener, 1957

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This tapestry is part of the first complete set of "The Story of Psyche" weavings produced by the Beauvais tapestry factory. Its elegant and sensuous style is a superb example of the fashionable compositions designed for the factory by François Boucher from the mid-1730s to the 1750s. The other four tapestries in the series are also in the Museum's collection. The second set can still be seen in the throne room of the royal palace in Stockholm, Sweden.