Scarves & Wraps - General

Solame of biblical lore seductively danced for King Herod draped in seven veils, at least according to Oscar Wilde's telling of the story. But she would hardly be the last to keep herself under wraps for warmth, ornamentation, and an air of mystery.

The scarf is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome when Romans used them to keep perspiration at bay. But what began as a glorified handkerchief is today capable of effortlessly elevating any ensemble.

Once year-round staples for style-savvy women, scarves and wraps eventually faded into the fashion background. But these malleable expanses of material have made a strong comeback. Today, Hermès of Paris, appreciated for its iconic silk scarves, is but one highly coveted producer of silken panels. Other French brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saint Laurent have loyal followings, as do Italian labels Gucci, Versace, and Etro.

Whether rendered in silk, wool, cashmere, or other material, vintage scarves and wraps by big-name designers and lesser-known independent makers alike have enduring appeal.


Quick Facts

  • A set of eight YSL scarves from the '70s and '80s sold at a Christie's auction in London in 2008 for £500
  • In a 2014 Austin auction, a Fendi fringed cashmere shawl embellished with mink fur rosettes sold for $425
  • In August 2014, a rare '40s silk scarf with a geometric design conceived by American abstract artist Irene Rice Pereira sold on eBay for $1,100

Recommended Items at Auction

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HERMÈS LES CAVALIERS D’ OR Vintage Silk Scarf
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
HERMÈS LES CAVALIERS D’ OR Vintage Silk Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $200- $400
$808 Bids
VINTAGE LUXURY BRAND lot of 4 Silk Scarves
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE LUXURY BRAND lot of 4 Silk Scarves
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $150- $300
$404 Bids
Vintage CHRISTIAN FISCHBACHER Silk Scarf
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage CHRISTIAN FISCHBACHER Silk Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $90
$154 Bids
Leon Moran Signed Oil on Canvas
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Leon Moran Signed Oil on Canvas
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $250- $350
$2503 Bids
ETRO Silk Scarf, Italy
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ETRO Silk Scarf, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $80
$153 Bids
Antique Paisley Shawls (2)
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Paisley Shawls (2)
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$602 Bids
BURBERRY STYLE LADIES Serape Cape, Lord & Taylor
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
BURBERRY STYLE LADIES Serape Cape, Lord & Taylor
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $100
$252 Bids
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DOLCE & GABBANA “TEARTO DEI PUPI” SCARF 134cm x 124cm.
Oct 29, 11:00 AM EDT
DOLCE & GABBANA “TEARTO DEI PUPI” SCARF 134cm x 124cm.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Nina Ricci Paris silk scarf
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Nina Ricci Paris silk scarf
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD101 Bid
Nina Ricci Paris silk scarf
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Nina Ricci Paris silk scarf
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD101 Bid
AN INDIAN PRINTED SILK SHAWL, approx. 150cm x 150cm.
Oct 20, 10:30 AM BST
AN INDIAN PRINTED SILK SHAWL, approx. 150cm x 150cm.
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £100- £150
£901 Bid
MISSONI Chevron Metallic Scarf, Italy
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MISSONI Chevron Metallic Scarf, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $80
$11 Bid
Vintage CHRISTIAN FISCHBACHER Silk Scarf
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage CHRISTIAN FISCHBACHER Silk Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $90
$11 Bid
Van Rijn, Rembrandt Harmenszoon - Self portrait in a cap and scarf with the face dark
Oct 19, 7:00 PM EDT
Van Rijn, Rembrandt Harmenszoon - Self portrait in a cap and scarf with the face dark
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $10,000- $30,000
$7,5000 Bids
Two middle east woven cloths
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two middle east woven cloths
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
§ Zao Wou-Ki (Chinese / French 1921-2013) for Ascher 'Paysage Bleu' Scarf / Square, designed 1955
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
§ Zao Wou-Ki (Chinese / French 1921-2013) for Ascher 'Paysage Bleu' Scarf / Square, designed 1955
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£7500 Bids
§ André Derain (French 1880-1954) for Ascher 'Fruits' Scarf / Square, designed 1947
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
§ André Derain (French 1880-1954) for Ascher 'Fruits' Scarf / Square, designed 1947
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £700- £900
£3400 Bids
AN UNCUT MUHARRAMAT TERMEH SHAWL
Oct 29, 11:00 AM BST
AN UNCUT MUHARRAMAT TERMEH SHAWL
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
Must De Cartier Silk Ladies Scarf
Oct 24, 7:00 PM BST
Must De Cartier Silk Ladies Scarf
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £100- £125
£1000 Bids
A KASHMIRI-STYLE PAISLEY SHAWL Possibly France, 19th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
A KASHMIRI-STYLE PAISLEY SHAWL Possibly France, 19th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£400 Bids
A KASHMIRI-STYLE PAISLEY SHAWL Possibly Scotland, 19th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
A KASHMIRI-STYLE PAISLEY SHAWL Possibly Scotland, 19th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£300 Bids
SILK SCARVES - 30s / 50s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
SILK SCARVES - 30s / 50s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €20- €40
€150 Bids
LOT OF 2 SILK SCARVES - 80s / 90s
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
LOT OF 2 SILK SCARVES - 80s / 90s
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €50- €70
€450 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scarves & Wraps - General


Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Kinghams Auctioneers

Kinghams Auctioneers

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc