Captive Unicorn wall tapestry


The Captive Unicorn wall tapestry is woven in two sizes: 31″x25″ no border US$265, 38″x31″ with border US$300

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Tapestry Description

Captive Unicorn wall tapestry

The Captive Unicorn wall tapestry is from the medieval tapestries series The Hunt of the Unicorn, also known as The Unicorn Tapestries, now displayed at the Metropolitan Cloisters in New York. They were perhaps commissioned for the wedding of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany in 1491 (later she was to marry Louis XII at Nantes – see our Banquet tapestry). – the A and reversed E might refer to Anne.

The seven Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries were woven between 1495 and 1505 in Brussels in wool and silk with gilt and silver threads, using three plants for the dyes: woad for blue, madder for red, and weld for yellow. The series features about 100 different plants. The Captive Unicorn tapestry shows the unicorn in a setting full of allegorical symbols expressing purity and fertility, Christian and human love. The unicorn (representing purity) is attached by a golden chain to a pomegranate tree (fertility).

This fine version of the Captive Unicorn tapestry has a French thick weave of 45% wool, 35% cotton and is lined, with a rod pocket for easy hanging. It has a dark blue background. The larger size includes the border, the smaller does not.