Écuries – The Inspiration for this coveted Hermès© carré

Écuries, Stables, has, as the name suggests, a very equestrian themes, so popular with many vintage Hermès carrés.  As the name promises, we see horses, all twenty of them, in their respective stables.

Hugo Grygkar, The Father of the Carre, as I like to call him, designed this fabulous scarf in 1947, which was reissued in 1993 and both issues are quite sought after by both Hermès aficionados and collectors alike.


The inspiration for this highly sought after scarf comes from two sources, an oil painting by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) – Cinq chevaux vus par la croupe dans une écurie and the vast collection of artifacts from the personal collection of Émile Hermès.  

If you have been reading my blog, you may remember, that this collection has been the inspiration to so many early Hermès scarves and is now the Émile Hermès Museum, situated above the Hermès flagship store on 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Hard to imagine, that a child’s toy from the turn of the century (yes, we are talking the early 1900s 🙂 here) would be forever immortalized in one of the most prized carrés.

But then again, maybe it was Hugo Grygkar’s spirit of creativity and boundless innovation, that allowed him to take an ordinary object and transform it into a wearable piece of art sought and coveted by many the world over.

As always, merci Monsieur Grygkar..

A child’s toy from 1905-1910 made of real horse skin, wood and such, now part of the Émile Hermès collection (source: Mito e Belleza)


Post originally published October 15, 2015

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