Artifact 159pc Jigsaw Captive Unicorn Whimsies Out IMG_1878
This 159 piece Artifact Puzzle jigsaw measures 7" x 9.5". The puzzle pieces are laser-cut from 1/4" wood and features medieval and heraldic themed whimsy pieces by Tara Flannery. As well as the large, rampant lion and unicorn complex whimsies, there are single piece whimsies of a unicorn, a unicorn's head, knight/gladiator, three fleur de lis, crossed swords, crown, castle and the head of Queen Elizabeth II (as featured on UK stamps). Removing the whimsies from the completed puzzle was very fiddly - I guess the puzzle is tighter than the Wentworths I'm used to.
The puzzle is made in Seattle, USA and packaged in a sturdy small box with a magnetic clasp. The jigsaw was bought through an Amazon listing, because Artifact's website says they don't ship outside the USA.
The jigsaw has no straight edges, although with practice it isn't difficult to separate-out the scalloped edges. I built it from the centre outwards - the dense millefleur background made it quite difficult for its piece count. I would really like a much bigger jigsaw of this (and other tapestry images) - say wooden jigsaws of 500-1500 pieces
The image is a great favourite of mine - in fact many years ago I stitched a large half-cross stitch needlepoint of the design in wool on canvas.
It is of a medieval millefleurs tapestry with a captured unicorn, a part of a series of seven tapestries called "The Hunt of the Unicorn," thought to be made to celebrate the wedding of King Louis the XXII of France and Anne of Brittany in Southern Netherlands between 1495 - 1505. The tapestry is about 12ft x 8ft, and since 1937 has been on display at Cloisters, the New York Metropolitan Museum site. I would really love to see it!
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