Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Isn’t that room stunning? The tapestry you see on the wall on the left is the Cheval Fondu from the Amusements Champêtres series. It was thought to be Beauvais but is actually Aubusson. It used to be mine until it was sold around the time of the financial crisis. I love where it’s ended up and that so many people get to enjoy it at the stunning El Sitio restaurant at the Hacienda de Abajo hotel in Tazacorte (property of a man with exceptional taste, the Marquis of Villafuerte.)
The sale of the painting is looking like a real possibility if we can organise the logistics. In case it does happen, I’m going to make a gift to myself of La Bergère, which is smaller than Cheval Fondu, but from the same series. It’s already here at number 42 and was going to go to auction later this year- but I think it would look amazing above the stairs. there’s something naive and child-like about the design which I find very pleasing. Particularly how the animal she’s holding doesn’t really resemble any animal that’s actually existed. A cross between a squirrel and a cat.