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The extremely elusive Aux Pays des Epices Black Colorway

This is not only a favorite among Annie Faivre’s designs, but in this colorway, almost impossible to find…

Here are some photos to be enjoyed…

Aux Pays des Epices Hermes silk scarf (100% silk) – Pre Owned
Designed by Annie Faivre in 2001
Excellent condition – no issues
Measures 36″ x 36″
Care Tag
Signed
Copyright
Hand Rolled Hem
Made in France
Black/Red/Multi
$599
The Inspiration for this scarf can be found here

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Are all Hermes scarves signed?

This was a question I recently received from a client. Simple answer is “No”.

It is true, that most artists do. This includes early artists, such as Philippe Ledoux, Xavier de Poret and Henry de Linares.

Promenades de Paris HERMES Authentic Vintage Carre Philippe Ledoux Signature

Hermes Silk Scarf Promenades de Paris, Philippe Ledoux, 1962 First Issue

Les Poulains HERMES carre by Xavier de Poret - 1960

Les Poulains HERMES carre by Xavier de Poret – 1960

Gibiers HERMES VTG Carre H. de Linares Signature and Early Copyright

Gibiers HERMES Carre by Henry de Linares , 1966

But then there is Hugo Grygkar, who designed the very first Hermes scarf, Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches in 1937 and so many others.

Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches Hermes Silk Scarf Rare VTG-3

Monsieur Grygkar never signed any of his creations.  Christiane Vauzelles preferred to leave her 26 designs unsigned including her Caraibes.

Now it can also happen that you come across a scarf, that you know was originally signed but this one lacks the signature.

A perfect example of this is the ever-so-popular Astrologie (also known as Dies et Hore because that is what it says on the scarf itself and it is commonly assumed that that is the name of the scarf.

Artist: Francoise Faconnet

Year: 1963, 1970s, 1980, 1988, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010 (as Dip Dye 90cm)

What I have come across is that seen with some re-issuesthe signature on a re-issue or the signature, originally in black ink now on a particular reissue where the background is also black

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Dies et Hore Astrologie HERMES Silk Scarf (6)

Real Escuela Andaluza Hermes Silk Scarf

Real Escuela Andaluza was designed by Hubert de Watrigant, who has brought us a number of lovely equestrian inspired carres. This particular design was first issued in 1996/1997 and has been sought after ever since.

Paying tribute to the world famous equestrian school, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art located in Cádiz, Spain.

The Considered the “Haute Ecole” of equestrian schools, it is one of the “Big Four” most prestigious classical riding academies in the world. The school established in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, in 1973, quickly gained fame with its annual show entitled “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, a unique exhibition of horsemanship.

Enjoy Monsieur Watrigant’s interpretation of the Andalusian Horse Dance…

Real Escuela Andaluza Hermes Silk Scarf – SOLD

Memoire d’Hermes

In Memory of Hermes…
Memoire d’Hermes by Caty Latham from 1992

Memoire d’Hermes carre is a lovely collage of items we all are familiar with, like the same little purse from the Les Cles carre…

At the center of the Les Cles carre, is an eighteenth-century velvet and gold purse surrounded by keys – the same type can be spotted in the Memoire d’Hermes scarf

Same is true for the stirrup, that reminds us of the Etriers carré by Françoise De La Perrière (1964).

Etriers Detail
Close up of the wonderful Etriers carre
Close up of the Memoire d’Hermes carre – AVAILABLE

This fabulous carre is perfect for all Hermes lovers, as it pays homage to its founder, Thierry Hermès, who is seated at the center of Madame Latham’s design. Born in 1801 in Krefeld, Germany, young Thierry moved to France in 1821 after he lost his entire family to war and disease. At 36 he founded, Hermès, as a horse harness company. Over the decades, Hermes has evolved into a luxury Fashion House, that specializes in leather, purses, ready-to-wear, home furnishings, perfumes, jewellery, watches, accessories, and of course, scarves.

Memoire d’Hermes is just like its name suggests, a beautiful collection of objects d’art that remind us of all the wonderful things that are Hermes…


HERMES SILK SCARF MEMOIRE D’HERMES BLUE COLORWAY NIB
SOLD

Toutsy!

As I was just listing another fabulous scarf by Madame Laurence Bourthoumieux (or Thioune), I realized that she deserves a special recognition here.  Toutsy for short, has created some truly remarkable scarves for the Maison Hermes.  A gifted artist, her first creation I believe to be Tropiques, which was first issued in 1988.

Tropiques was designed by Laurence Toutsy Bourthoumieux and first issued in 1988

Tropiques was designed by Laurence Toutsy Bourthoumieux and first issued in 1988 – SOLD

The iconic Giverny was issued the following year, 1989.

Giverny HERMES Scarf signed L.T.

Giverny HERMES Scarf signed L.T. for Laurence Thioune (1989) – SOLD

Since then, Toutsy has designed over twenty scarves for the Maison Hermes and here is a small sampling of her beautiful carres.

More on the artist can be found on my blog here

Hermes Silk Scarf Au Bord de l'Eau Yellow-5

Au Bord de l’Eau, On the Water’s Edge, Hermes silk scarf from 2005 is another spectacular carre by this talented artist – SOLD

Aloha Hermes silk scarf by Laurence Toutsy Bourthoumieux Thioune was issued in 2002

The Aloha Hermes scarf was issued in 2002 – SOLD

Aloha Hermes silk scarf from 2002 - Blue Colorway COMING SOON

Aloha Hermes silk scarf from 2002 – Blue Colorway COMING SOON

Le Chants du Henne HERMES Silk Scarf

Le Chants du Henne HERMES Silk Scarf – AVAILABLE

Le Chants du Henne was issued in 2002, the year of the Hand at Hermes.  More about the Inspiration for this unique carre here.

Vive le Vent HERMES Paris Copyright and Toutsy signature

Vive le Vent from 1992 was signed as L Thioune

Chevaux de Trait Vintage HERMES Silk Scarf

Chevaux de Trait was first issued in 1993 and then again three years later, signed L. Thioune – SOLD

Hermes Silk Scarf Au Son Du Tam-Tam

Au Son Du Tam-Tam from 1997 is simply signed Toutsy – SOLD

Parures des Sables HERMES, 1994 signed L. Thioune

Parures des Sables HERMÈS scarf was first issued in 1994 and signed L. Thioune – SOLD

Au-dela Des Cinq Mers HERMES

Au-delà Des Cinq Mers, Beyond the five Seaswas first issued in 1998 – SOLD

 

Hermes Silk Scarf Amazonia (2)

Amazonia was issued in 2001 – AVAILABLE

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Amazonia was issued in 2001 – AVAILABLE

 

Hermes Silk Scarf Le Jardin des Coptes-11.jpg

Le Jardin des Coptes was issued in 2004 – AVAILABLE

As with so many Hermes artists, there is unfortunately not much information available about them.

Any feedback from you, my dear readers, would be greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Thank you –

 

Hermes Silk Scarf Sur Un Tapis Volant

There is just soooo much to see and behold…

The Stunning Courbettes et Cabrioles (1654) Hermes Silk Scarf

Enjoy a short video of this gorgeous scarf available in our online Boutique dedicated to authentic Vintage and Pre owned Hermes scarves, shawls, Neckties & more…

What is my Hermès scarf worth, you wonder…

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You may have an HERMES scarf that has been forgotten in a drawer for years or you may have been given one as a gift that is just not “your thing”.  In any case, you have an Hermès scarf  and you wonder what is it worth?

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

So, here are some guidelines.  Some very obvious and some perhaps not so much.

Let’s have a look…

Equipements Civils et Militaires HERMES Silk Scarf Extremely RARE (2)

Hermes Silk Scarf Équipements Civils et Militaires 1948 VERY RARE, Hugo Grygkar 1948

The Équipements Civils et Militaires carre is from 1948.  That’s a 70 year old scarf!!!  There are not that many scarves around that are that old, let alone in excellent condition. Naturally the older, or more vintage your scarf is, typically the higher the value.  For our discussion, the term vintage describes scarves from when Hermes first introduced the carre (1937) to 1998 (20 years before present day).

In addition to its age, your scarf’s condition plays a big role in determining its value.  An unworn scarf with the care tag (if applicable) still attached in its original box or tote will for obvious reasons fetch much more than one with color runs, a hole and several pulled threads – common sense.

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Cosmos was designed by none other than Philippe Ledoux, who has created so many beautiful carrés for the Maison Hermes. First issued in 1964.  Here an original issue

Condition and age are logical, but what about other factors, perhaps less obvious ones, that may also influence a scarf’s desirability and ultimately its value.

A certain colorway may be more rare or more sought after.  The year of issue can also play a big role.  Lets use one of my favorites, The Le Bois de Boulogne designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957, as an example.

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Le Bois de Boulogne designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957

The same design was re-issued in the early 1980s in darker colors without the black background behind the swans resulting in a less dynamic scarf.

Le Bois de Boulogne HERMES VTG Hugo Grygkar

Le Bois de Boulogne reissued in the early 1980s without the black

In this example, an original issue Bois de Bologne in inferior condition may be priced/valued equally or even higher than a reissue in better condition, simply because of its esthetic appearance (better colorway and black behind swans).

Another factor that may affect value is location – geography.   Some scarves are more sought after in different parts of the world than others.

Faune et Flore du Texas by Kermit Oliver for HERMES

Faune et Flore du Texas by Kermit Oliver for HERMES (1992)

Kermit Oliver’s scarves depicting the American West are very popular in the US. His Texas Wildlife, for example has only recently gained the same momentum in Europe as it has enjoyed here in the US.

Timing is another factor than can influence perhaps not the value per se, but what someone might be willing to pay for your Texas Wildlife.  Leading up to Thanksgiving this design attracts a lot of potential buyers.  More buyers = higher demand = higher price tag.  This is true for other seasonal scarves, such as the Noel au 24 Faubourg, Joies d’Hiver, Neige d’Antan and Plumes et Grelots for example.

Noel au 24 Faubourg HERMES Carre

Noel au 24 Faubourg HERMES Carre, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2004

It must be mentioned, that there are certain scarves that are simply more “coveted” than their sisters and cousins.  Many times you will hear the word Grail to describe a scarf, such as the Hommage a l’Explorateur Sir Ernest Shackleton for example, designed by Zoe Pauwels and issued in 2005.

Hommage a l’Explorateur Sir Ernest Shackleton HERMES Grail Silk Scarf_-4

Very difficult to find, the “Shackleton” is definitely a modern Grail carre.  Although there is a consensus on a number of scarves that are in the Grail category, like the Shackleton for example, this Grail list can, however, be subjective.  What one collector may consider a Grail, another may not.  I personally try to be very careful not to overuse this label.  This includes describing a scarf “rare” or “very rare” can be somewhat subjective as well and again, I try to use them cautiously in my descriptions.

For me the Les Toits de Paris , La Comédie Italienne and Le Pont Neuf a Paris are definitely on my personal Grail list 🙂

What scarves are on your GRAIL list, I wonder?

This post would not be complete, if I did not mention the role the artist/designer can have on the value or popularity of a scarf.  Annie Faivre for example has a very large and loyal following around the globe.  Kermit Oliver whose scarves celebrate the American West, are not necessarily all considered rare, but are quite popular and in demand.

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

Les Poulains HERMES Silk Scarf Xavier de Poret RARE

Les Poulains HERMES Silk Scarf Xavier de Poret RARE – GRAIL

I should also mention the Jacquards, which Hermes stopped producing in 2001 due to high production costs and only last year, 2017, began to issue jacquards in limited quantities, now called Tattoos.  A separate post on that coming soon.

A jacquard scarf will typically either sell faster or for more than its twill cousin or possibly both. But just like the twills, the Jacquards as a group range in value based on the same criteria already mentioned.

Some top sellers in this category are Napoleon and La Cle de Champs and lets not forget the seasonal favorites (Joies d’Hiver, Neige d’Antan and Plumes et Grelots).

Plumes Et Grelots HERMES VTG Silk Jacquard Scarf-22

Last but not least, HERMES periodically issues scarves as a Special Issue (slight variation on an existing design) or a Limited Issue (limited quantities produced), both of course can heavily influence the desirability, availability and ultimately the value of that particular scarf.

In closing, it is important to keep in mind that any given value will fluctuate over time.  Remember when way back in the 80s a brand new carre was somewhere around $140? Today the retail price for a 90cm twill carre is $395 US.

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