A Mon Seul Desir
A Mon Seul Desir tapestry is one of the famous medieval unicorn tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn series from the 15th century. This reproduction is of one of the six tapestries that make up the La Dame a la Licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn). The exact meaning of this tapestry is by far the most mysterious. The Lady is seen placing her jewelled necklace into a jewel box, and it is believed to represent the refusal of temptation, as well as the self-denial of the five senses detailed in the other works in the series.
The Lady and the Unicorn series of tapestries were made for the Le Viste family in the late 15th century, confirmed by the appearance of their coat of arms throughout the works (a blue diagonal slash with 3 crescents against a red background). The tapestries were believed to have been commisioned to celebrate Jean Le Viste's (1432 - 1500) appointment as a counsellor to the court of Louis XI in the 1480's. The use of Mille Fleurs would indicate that they were likely to have been made in workshops in Flanders, a speciality of Flemish artists.
After the death of Jean Le Viste the tapestries were believed to have passed to his daughter, Claude. Her estate was divided between relatives on her death as she died without having children. At this point exact details of the series of tapestries are unknown, although they are believed to have remained within the Le Viste family for generations. By the 17th century they had travelled with various branches of the family via marraige, and ended up in Boussac in central France.
In 1841 Prosper Mérimée (1803 - 1870), the French governments' inspector of historical monuments, discovered the works in very poor condition in Boussac. He recommended to the government they buy the tapestries, and they eventually did in 1882, passing them to the Cluny Museum, now the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris. They are wonderfully displayed there today in a specially designed oval shaped room, and they have undergone extensive restoration work over the years to restore them to their original condition.
Medieval unicorn tapestries
These high quality wool and cotton medieval unicorn tapestries are woven in France and available in three sizes. They are lined with a tunnel for ease of wall-hanging - we provide tapestry hanging information with each order.
Below is this fine tapestry in a French chateau, and underneath is A Mon Seul Desir tapestry hanging in a tower
A Mon Seul Desir
A Mon Seul Desir tapestry is one of the famous medieval unicorn tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn series from the 15th century. This reproduction is of one of the six...MORE