Lot 19: Hermès Carré ‘Harnais Français’, 90 x 87 cm, c. 1956
October 25, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Paris, France, c. 1956
Hermès (established 1837) - French luxury goods manufacturer
Design: Hugo Grygkar (1907-1959) – French designer, worked for Hermès from 1946 until 1959
Bottom right inscribed ‘Hermès Paris’ as well as the title right above 'Harnais Français Premier Empire’
Creme-white and purple-grounded square scarf with detailed horse motifs and harness
Dimensions: c. 90 x 87 cm
Sought-after collectible in beautiful colors by one of the most famous designers of carrés
The scarf is in good condition with minor signs of age and wear. Occasionally faint stains. The size measures c. 90 x 87 cm.
The company Hermès, based in Paris, was founded in 1837 by the saddler Thierry Hermès (1901-1878) as a business for riding accessories. Under Thierry's son, Charles-Émile Hermès, the product range was extended to cases and leather bags as of 1878. Handbags were introduced in the 1920s. Finally, in 1951, the company launched its first perfume. The high quality and durability of the Hermès products quickly became known throughout Europe. Today, Hermès is known worldwide for its high quality craftsmanship.
It was not until the 1930s when Hermès started producing their famous scarves and opened a scarf factory in 1937. Over the years, freelance artists have been employed to design the scarves, allowing different designs and motifs for every type of collector. Today, Hermès’ scarves are a widely collected symbol of success and are the epitome of Parisian luxury.
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