Auteuil en Mai HERMES Rare Silk Scarf by Carl de Parcevaux 1997

Auteuil en Mai Hermes silk scarf has several delightful vignettes with a rich equestrian history

Auteuil en Mai HERMES Close Up

Auteuil en Mai, Auteuil in May, pays tribute to the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris run at the Auteuil Racecourse, an 82 acre horse racing facility, specifically designed for steeplechase and in operation since 1874.

The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris takes place in late May and is the richest, most prestigious and also the most difficult jumps race not only in France but the world.  Only the best jockeys and their steeds compete here and must overcome the 23 obstacles over a 3.75 mile course, home to two of the most difficult jumps in the world.

Auteuil, today part of Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy, is adjacent to the famous Bois de Boulogne Park (the inspiration for one of Hugo Grygkar‘s scarves). As the 16th and possibly the richest of all the Parisian arrondissements, it is also home to the “other” Statue of Liberty.

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Carl de Parcevaux, who has brought us other favorites such as Chasse au Bois and Christophe Colombe , has created a rare and highly sought after carre.

At the center is the racecourse with its stands in the distance, surrounded by various vignettes celebrating this famous venue and its prestigious race.

Auteuil en Mai Hermes silk scarf (100% silk) – Highly Sought After
Designed by Carl de Parcevaux in 1997

HERMÈS Le Bois De Boulogne Carre Hugo Grygkar, 1957 by Carre de Paris

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Les Bois de Boulogne Hermes silk twill scarf (100% silk) – Early Issue
Designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957 – SOLD
Les Bois de Boulogne Hermes scarf – 1980s reissue lacks black behind the swans
Designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957 – SOLD
Le Bois de Boulogne, Hugo Grygkar, 1957
Le Bois de Boulogne, Hugo Grygkar, 1957 – SOLD


Les Bois de Boulogne Hermes silk twill scarf (100% silk) - Early Issue Designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957 Excellent Vintage Condition - please see details below* Measures 36" x 36" Unsigned - this artist did not sign any of his designs Early Copyright Hand Rolled Hem - flat, puckering with stitching showing Made in France Blue/Off White/Black *two areas of distressed silk, a couple of faint spots, a small spot, possible very light grey color transfer of coaches that looks like it is part of the design. Also note condition of hem


Here a short bio about Hugo Grygkar, who design so many of the early Hermes carres.

What is my HERMES scarf worth, you wonder…

I hope everyone is off to an excellent 2016.  For me last year was a year of many changes, some good and some what I like to call “character building”.

Despite having several posts lined up, I thought, I would start with this article here, which I wrote some three years ago – geez, how time flies!

And the reason for this is no, not laziness, really 😉 but the numerous requests for evaluations, I have been receiving lately.

So here we go…

You may have a scarf that has been forgotten in a drawer for years and while doing your spring cleaning, you discovered this forgotten treasure.  So what is my Hermès scarf worth, you wonder?

Well, the simple answer is, whatever a buyer is willing and able to pay for your scarf.  Oh, you want a real value, I see…

So, here is my guide, purely based on my personal experience over the years.  Be warned, there is absolutely no scientific research behind this, nor any statistics and definitely no algorithm :-).

The more vintage in other words the older your scarf is, typically the higher the value.  In addition to its age, however, your scarf also has to be in very good condition.  An unworn scarf with the care tag still attached in its original box or tote will of course fetch much more than one with color runs, a hole and several pulled threads – common sense.  In addition to that, here are nuances, such as colorway, year of edition, and geography as some scarves are more sought after in different parts of the world than others.  And then there are certain scarves that are simply more “coveted” than their sisters and cousins.  Many times these are the scarves that have only been issued once, such as Combats de Coqs for example by Hugo Grygkar – 1954.  But then again, one sold recently at an auction house in Sweden for 177 Euros (approx. $236) and one in Paris over a year ago for 100 Euros.  Both, given their age, were in very good to excellent condition.  But surprisingly, the same design has sold for over $500.

In addition to age, a scarf’s artist/designer might be very sought after as is the case with Kermit Oliver (1984, his first scarf, Pani la Shar Pawnee, depicting a Pawnee Indian chief), the only American artist ever to have designed scarves for the famed Fashion House.

 Although his scarves, rich in detail celebrating the American West, are not necessarily considered rare, they are very sought after and regularly sell fast and for top dollar. 

Another highly sought after artist is Xavier de Poret.  Unlike his American counter part, his scarves are considered very rare. Famous for his pencil drawings, 5 of his carres (Les Levriers Greyhunds and Les Poulains, to name just two), out of a group of nearly 30, are widely considered as the “rarest” of Hermes scarves.

Of course I cannot, not mention the Jacquards, my favorites among the carres, which Hermes stopped producing in 2001 due to high production costs.  A jacquard scarf will typically either sell faster or for more than his twill cousin or possibly both.  And yes, even among the Jacquards there is a pecking order.  A Comedie Italienne by Philippe Ledoux from 1962 with its rich detail and beautiful lute and guitar pattern will sell for more than a Les Fetes du Roi Soleil by Michel Duchene from 1994.

Other top sellers in this category are Napoleon and La Cle des Champs of course.  Oh and lets not forget Joies d’Hiver and Plumes et Grelots.

Joies D'Hiver, Joachim Metz, 1992

We must also keep in mind, that there are several recent carres that are highly sought after as well, the 2004 Tohu Bohu by Claudia Stuhlhofer-Mayr for example.  And I must mention, Annie Faivre, who has an incredibly loyal following.

So what does any of this really mean? The age and popularity of a scarf coupled with its condition, will be the primary determining factors in the value of your scarf.  But as an avid collector myself, I have been known to “overpay” for a Le Bois de Boulogne, simply, because I love this scarf.

Due to overwhelming demand and time constrains, I can no longer offer free valuations, price or value advice,etc.
Thank you for your understanding.

You may, however,  find my sold section at helpful

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Featured Hermes Scarves

Do not miss out on these fabulous scarves.

We invite you to browse our Featured Scarves as well as our entire collection of authentic Hermes scarves.

At Carre de Paris you will discover a world of authentic Hermes scarves, many quite rare and no longer availableIsrael

The Ever So Lovely ETRIERS by Françoise de la Perrière for Hermès

Etriers HERMES Paris Vintage Silk Scarf.jpg

The Etriers was designed by Françoise de la Perrière for the Maison Hermès and first issued in 1964.

Once again, we find Emile Hermès’ Collection as the inspiration for this stunning carre. Sixteen different types of stirrups of varied origins have been artfully assembled and illustrated in the greatest of details.


At the center, a huge Peruvian pyramide shaped stirrup dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, dominates the composition.  Just below is what resembles a women’s slipper, nicknamed the “Sandal of the Amazon”, is a “slipper stirrup”.  These types of stirrups were used by women riding sidesaddle. This “slipper” is where Madame de la Perriere incorporated the copyright, a “c”, in her original design as many of the early artists did. (for more information on early Hermès copyrights please follow this link)


Not only can different types of stirrups, such as the swivel or barred stirrup, be found in this carre, but also stirrups used by different cavalries and for different types of riding. Typically the heavier stirrups (French stirrups) were more comfortable, while their lighter versions (Hungarian stirrups), allowed for better control and were ideal for riding fast.

Once again, we must thank both the artistry of Francoise de la Perriere, who was one of the best known Hermès illustrators, and to Emile Hermès, whose vast collection has been the inspiration to so many early carres.


Other beautiful carres by Françoise de la Perrière are Bride de Cour (1969), Les Coupes (1971) and Voitures a Transformation (1965) to name but a few…

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot – SOLD

Bride de Cour Silk Ascot

Hermes Bride de Cour Silk Ascot – SOLD


Bride de Cour Blouse – Rare – SOLD

Hermes Silk Scarf Les Coupes in Hermes Orange and Brown, Françoise de la Perrière, 1971

Hermes Silk Scarf Les Coupes, Françoise de la Perrière, 1971 – SOLD

Les Voitures a Transformation Hermès Scarf

Les Voitures a Transformation Hermès Scarf – SOLD

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A lovely Le Bois de Boulogne by Hugo Grygkar
original 1957 issue