The Hermès Copyright

When Hermès launched their first Carre, Jeu des Omnibus et des Dames Blanches in 1937, there was no copyright to be found anywhere.  Although the copyright came about with the invention of the printing press in the 17th century and initially protected the rights of the printers, it subsequently evolved to protect the rights of the creator, the writer, the artist, but Hermès didn’t use copyright symbols until the late 1950s and even then inconsistantly until the 1960s.

From that time on, however, the copyright morphed from a simple “c” or ©, to “Hermès – Paris ©”, and finally to the copyright we are familiar with used on modern carres, © Hermès.  It is not unusual then to find the same vintage design without a copyright and subsequent re-issues with two or three different copyrights based on the re-issue date.

Le Bois de Boulogne by Hugo Grygkar, 1957

Le Bois de Boulogne by Hugo Grygkar, 1957, original issue without a copyright

Le Bois de Boulogne, Hugo Grygkar, 1957 with Copyright

Le Bois de Boulogne, Hugo Grygkar, 1957 with Copyright “c”

Le Bois de Boulogne, Hugo Grygkar, early 80s

A re-issue from the early 1980s with copyright Hermes-Paris “c”

Hermès first used a “c” or ©, which was either simply added to the design as with the Le Bois de Boulogne and the Quai aux Fleurs or was integrated into the design as seen in the examples below.

Quai aux Fleurs, Hugo Grygkar

Quai aux Fleurs, Hugo Grygkar early issue

Quai aux Fleurs, Hugo Grygkar, most recent re-issue

Quai aux Fleurs, Hugo Grygkar, most recent re-issue with modern copyright

Some examples of the integrated copyright.  The integrated copyright can be found in many carres between late 1950s all the way into the 1980s.

Al' Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Francoise Heron, 1970

Al’ Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Françoise Heron, 1970

La Clé des Champs, Françoise Faconnet, 1965

La Clé des Champs, Françoise Faconnet, 1965

Courbettes et Cabrioles - 1654, Françoise Faconnet, 1962

Courbettes et Cabrioles – 1654, Françoise Faconnet, 1962

Poesie Persane, Julia Abadie, 1988

Poésie Persane, Julia Abadie, 1988 (opera scarf shown here)

Some examples of the integrated copyright.  The integrated copyright can be found in many carres between late 1950s all the way into the 1980s.

Etriers copyright

Etriers with early copyright

Etriers later copyright

Etriers later copyright

The Etriers below is a modern re-issue sporting not one, but two copyrights, the original “c” and the modern copyright used today.

 

 

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