La Treille HERMÈS© SCARf by Maurice Tranchant

La Treille , The Trellis, was created by the French artist and illustrator, Maurice Tranchant, and dates back to 1964.


At the center of this carre, is an early 19th century, Napoleonic French Hussar on his steed and a vivandière by his side.

Although the Hussars were the last horsemen to join the French cavalry, these Hungarian deserters, had quite the reputation for not just their outlandish attire, but arrogance and brutality on the battlefield.

The vivandière’s original job was to supply the French military with wine. This duty later expanded to providing other provisions and the vivandière became a cantinière. These woman were civilian merchants, who followed the troops and sold goods to them as needed.

Detail from the La Treille Hermès Carré showing various steps during the wine making process from planting grapevines
to harvesting
and serving

Although I love several of Maurice Tranchant’s compositions, including Les Amoureux de Paris, Grotte de Versailles, Les Jardiniers du Roy and of course the Romantique, I must admit, the La Treille is my personal favorite.

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Grotte de Versailles, the Cave of Versailles, is a splendid carre designed by Maurice Tranchant, which was first issued in 1969.

If you love Versailles, chartreuse, white and black, then you will most definitely fall in love with this amazing carre just like I did.

As the name suggests, Tranchant takes his inspiration from the Grotte de Téthys at Versailles.

By Rennett Stowe from USA (Grotto of Thetis at Versailles) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

And I believe the Chevaux du Soleil sculpture in particular.

The most famous sculpture at the center of the Grotte de Téthys, is the one of Apollo being served by nymphs. To the right is the Chevaux du Soleil statue, Horses of the Sun, which I believe is at the center of Tranchant’s carre.

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I invite you to “stroll” down the path of this splendid carre and you may be just surprised at what you will find…

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Grotte de Versailles Hermès carré by Maurice Tranchant from 1969 – AVAILABLE