Carmen Scene II

Catalog Code: 
P- 1070
Description: 

Pastime puzzle cut by #23, Parker Brothers, Salem, MA 1913. Plywood, semi-interlocking, cut along color lines with 20 figure pieces. The opera is Carmen by Giuseppit Verdi, and the characters depicted (L to R) are Escamillo (the toreador), Carmen, and Don Jose being restrained by two friends of Carmen, Frasquita and Mercedes. But the unknown artist has juxtaposed two different scenes. Act 3 in the smugglers' hideout in the mountains above Seville, the only time when Escamillo and Don Jose engage in a knife fight, interrupted by the returning smugglers (although most stage directors would have the male Gypies separating the combatants, not the three women). However, the background (outside the bull ring in Seville) and the costumes (much too cosmopolitan for a mountain hideout) are only appropriate for Act 4 where the same five characters are present but Escamillo and Don Jose do not confront each other or engage in a knife fight. Eventually, everyone but Don Jose and Carmen leave the street outside the bull ring, and Carmen tempts fate by confronting her insanely jealous ex-lover and is stabbed by him. Yes, "artist's liberty" makes precise identification a challenge but my former roommate of two years at law school, Jay Feldman, who has been an opera lover all his life (he would listen to the Met on radio Saturday afternoons at law school while studying the libretto), has done a superb job. Thank you, Jay!

General Information
Series: 
Date: 
1913
Width: 
18"
Height: 
12"
Container: 
box
Material: 
plywood
Pieces Information
Pieces: 
345
Colorline: 
yes
Figures: 
20
Interlock: 
sem
Styles: 
Topics: 
Sale Status: 
Not for Sale
Collection: