Lady and the Unicorn - À Mon Seul Désir Hanging

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The Lady and the Unicorn (modern title) are a set of six tapestries each with a slightly different image to depict different aspects of human senses. The six tapestries are titled, Taste, Hearing, Sight, Smell, Touch, À Mon Seul Désir (perhaps desire). You may wish to read more here.

Our reproduction is based on the one titled "À Mon Seul Désir".

The lady stands in front of a tent, across the top of which is written " À Mon Seul Désir", an obscure motto, variously interpretable as "my one/sole desire", "according to my desire alone"; "by my will alone", "love desires only beauty of soul", "to calm passion". Her maidservant stands to the right, holding open a chest. The lady is placing the necklace she wears in the other tapestries into the chest. To her left is a low bench with bags of coins on it. It is the only tapestry in which she is seen to smile. The unicorn and the lion stand in their normal spots framing the lady while holding onto the pennants.

This tapestry has elicited a number of interpretations. One interpretation sees the lady putting the necklace into the chest as a renunciation of the passions aroused by the other senses, and as an assertion of her free will. Another sees the tapestry as representing a sixth sense of understanding. Various other interpretations see the tapestry as representing love or virginity. It is also debated whether the lady in "À Mon Seul Désir" is picking up or setting aside the necklace.

It is not an exact colour match but this is a true representation of the original image.

Size: 100m * 150cm

This has been reproduced on polyester and will hang easily on your wall. Fixings to attach it to your wall are included

Originals at the Cluny Museum

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