Lot 61: HERMES Paris "Citroën" Very rare brown silk scarf illustrated by four Citroën cars (good condition) Rare carré en soie à décor de quatre voitures Citroën (bon état)
February 16, 2013
Paris, FranceLive Auction
"Citroën" Very rare brown silk scarf illustrated by four Citroën cars (good condition) Rare carré en soie à décor de quatre voitures Citroën (bon état)
The scarf or carré was introduced in 1937.
One of the first, which was a print of white-wigged females playing a popular period game, was a custom-made accessory named Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches.
Hermès oversaw the production of its scarves throughout the entire process, purchasing raw Chinese silk, spinning it into yarn, and weaving it into fabric twice as strong and heavy as most scarves available at the time.
The company's scarf designers spend years creating new print patterns, individually screen-printed with vegetable dye.
Each added color dries for a month before the next color is applied.
Designers chose from over 200,000 different colors.
Forty-three is the highest number of screens used for one scarf to date, which is the "Charity" scarf, released in 2006.
When scarf production first began, a dedicated scarf factory was established in Lyon, France; the same year, Hermès celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Contemporary Hermès scarves measure 90 cm × 90 cm, weigh 65 grams and are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons.
Colino, Nadine (2010).
The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique.
Thames & Hudson.
All of the hems are hand-stitched.
Scarf motifs are wide-ranging, and, unprecedentedly, the carrés are scented.
Two silk-scarf collections per year are released, along with some reprints of older designs and limited editions.
And two collections per year are introduced in a cashmere/silk blend.
Since 1937, Hermès has produced over 25,000 unique designs; the horse motif is particularly famous and popular.
The seen-everywhere "Brides De Gala" version, introduced in 1957, has been produced more than 70,000 times.
An Hermès scarf is sold somewhere in the world every 25 seconds; by the late 1970s more than 1.
1 million scarves had been sold worldwide.
So popular are the scarves that some have found themselves: • worn by Queen Elizabeth II in a portrait for a 1956 British postage stamp.
• worn by Princess Grace Kelly in a photograph on the cover of a 1956 issue of Life magazine.
• used as a sling by Princess Grace for her broken arm.
• employed by actress Sharon Stone in a bondage scene in the film Basic Instinct.
• made into pillows or otherwise as framed wall-hangings.
Hermès silk ties.
Introduced in 1949, men's neckties, in a huge array of motifs over the years from bunnies to confetti, have been made from the same high-quality silk material as the scarves and are, likewise, very expensive.