Friday, June 13, 2014

The Lady and the Unicorn

My friend who has just sold her family home here in the village continues to empty it of decades of memories. Some items have gone to antique auctioneers. Some things have been sold at weekend flea markets and via internet sites. Friends and neighbors have made purchases. And she's given away a lot. This large (110 x 80 cm) framed needlepoint tapestry took her two years to complete. I've done needlepoint in the past; I know how much work went into this. The detail is exquisite.
Because she hasn't been able to sell it, she gave it to me! I promised it a good home. It's hanging in my sunroom. This wall was once the outside wall of the train house. It's not very attractive, so I'm happy to have something pretty on it. I've always loved 'The Lady and the Unicorn' tapestry and have seen the original that hangs in the Cluny Museum in Paris several times. The panel reproduced here represents touch; the rest of the tapestry depicts the other 4 senses with one mystery panel that has never been definitively interpreted..
Detail of The Lady and The Unicorn

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