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

New Arrivals coming soon

Very excited about several New Arrivals that will be coming very soon to my eStore.

Some Classics, some very rare and vintage and also some more modern limited editions.

Here is a small sampling

Ginza 2001 Special Edition HERMES Limited Edition

Ginza 2001 Special Edition for the Opening of the Tokyo Store 2001 by Hajine Katagiri

Kimonos et Inros GM

Kimonos et Inros 140 GM Cashmere/Silk

Chevaux d'Apres Van der Muelen HERMES

Chevaux d’Apres Van der Muelen HERMES

Chiens au Rapport HERMES Carre

Chiens au Rapport HERMES Carre

L'Aimable Autorisation du Lalshai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology HERMES 140 Silk

L’Aimable Autorisation du Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology HERMES 140 Silk

Fleurs de L'Opera HERMES Carre

Fleurs de L’Opera HERMES Carre

Les Ameriques HERMES

Les Ameriques HERMES

Hermes Scarf Republique Francaise Liberte Egalite Fraternite – 1789

On my last visit to Paris, I could not help but be reminded of my favorite, subject, the Hermès scarf, wherever I went.

I saw inspiration, just like the artists themselves must have, around every corner in this enchanted city.  My favorite and very first scarf, Le Bois de Boulogne, is named after the biggest park, the Bois de Boulogne (I just learned thanks to WIKI, the second largest park), which is 2 and a half times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Another gorgeous vintage Hermès scarf is the Quai aux Fleur, which I had already written about during my stay in Paris.

Today I would like to focus on the Republique Française Liberté Égalité Fraternité – 1789, which was designed for the 200 year anniversary of the French republic.  In his design, Joachim Metz, celebrates France becoming a Republic and perhaps it was not Paris that was his inspiration, however, I found many references here.

The French revolution, which began in 1789, paved the way for France to become a republic in 1792 and Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité French for “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood”, became the national motto. I, of course, must also mention Marianne, whom Metz so beautifully portrayed on this scarf. Marienne is France’s national emblem.  She represents liberty and is an icon for freedom and democracy.

I found Marianne in many places in Paris.  On government buildings, statues and many other landmarks.  Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic, and is officially used on most government documents.

Marianne is a significant French republican symbol.  She is Republique Française, she is Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

This dramatic scarf was first issued in 1989 at the 200 year anniversary of France as a republic and to my knowledge, it has never been re-issued.

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Republique Francaise Liberte Egalite Fraternite – 1789 Hermes Silk Scarf 
Designed by Joachim Metz in 1989  

Authentic Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf Concerto by Clerc w/Box and Bolduc Ribbon and more…

Now available at our store

Shop our latest Arrivals by clicking on photos

Concerto Jean Louis Clerc HERMES Paris Silk Scarf Carre de Paris

Concerto Jean Louis Clerc HERMES Paris Silk Scarf Carre de Paris


Frontaux et Cocardes HERMES Carre

Frontaux et Cocardes HERMES Silk Scarf by Carre de Paris

Chiens et Valets Rare HERMES Scarf

Chiens et Valets HERMES by Carre de Paris

Plaques à Sabler, a Grygkar Treasure

Plaques a Sables HERMES RareThe Plaques à Sabler, which was designed by Hugo Grygkar and first issued in 1956, is a very interesting carre.  First off it is monochromatic.  And then what are we really looking at?

Plaques à Sabler, literally translates as “sanding plates”.  But what does that mean?

After a little research, I have learned that these were special metal plates and most likely used in stables to identify stalls reserved for the most senior officers of the cavalry or the army.
These metal plates had cutouts and were fitted with sturdy handles on the sides as can be seen in the scarf below.

Think of them as “negatives” of designs that were to be imprinted on the surface of the sand in the stalls.

After leveling the sand and compacting it, the plate was covered with colored powder in such a way that, once removed, the imprint or embossing would create a colorful decoration.  Apparently different colors could be used to create the effect of a painting and the results were to be quite remarkable.

The plaques in this carre belonged to Joachim Murat, who was King of Naples under Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Plaques à Sabler carre features five such plates with four hunting scenes on each side and a huntsman on his horse in the center. The four stirrups in the corners are from the early nineteenth century.

Like so many objects, that were the inspiration for the early carres, and especially those designed by Monsieur Grygkar, these metal plaques or plates too are part of Émile Hermès’ famous art collection.

This is a very rare Hermes scarf, sought after by collectors and here believed to be the original issue as it lacks copyright and of course Hugo Grygkar never signed any of his carres.  I have seen the issue date being stated as 1948 on other sites and in other resources, but the 1956 has been confirmed by the Maison Hermès.


New Arrival

Authentic Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf Carrousel By Christiane Vauzelles Rare w/BOX Bolduc Ribbon

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Les Bolides and Virages Hermes Scarves with ties to 2003 and 2004 Le Mans Car Races

We are pleased to have two HERMES carres, Les Bolides and Virages that were purchased in 2003 and 2004 during the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in France which take place every June.

In unworn condition with original boxes and bolduc ribbons, both would make the perfect gift for the car enthusiast.

The Les Bolides Hermes scarf was designed by Rena Dumas, the mother of the current artistic director of the Fashion House, Pierre-Alexis Dumas. Madama Dumas was married to Jean-Luis Dumas, who was at the helm of Hermes from the late 1970s until 2006.

To my knowledge this is the only scarf that Madame Dumas, an accoplished artichect by trade, ever designed.

Les Bolides HERMES Scarf from 2003

Les Bolides HERMES Scarf from 2003

Hermes did issue a Special Edition Les Bolides, which sports the number “24” in each corner and also on the scarf box.

The Virages, with its twists and turns so representative of a race track,  was designed by Pierre Peron.  Signed by the artist, the issue date, however, has to my knowledge not been documented. An issue date of 1976 has been suggested.  Originally issued as a 70cm square, the 2004 edition is a full 90 cm modern carre.

Virages HERMES Special Edition

Virages HERMES 2004

Both scarves celebrate the art of car racing.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans.  This world-famous car race began as an endurance race for both man and machine in 1923 near the French town,  Le Mans, west of Paris. Also coined the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency, it takes place over a 24 hour period in which teams compete not just for speed, but also efficiency and ultimately completion of the race without any glitches, mechanical or otherwise.

This race is one if not the most prestigious car race in the world and its format has inspired many other races, such as the Indy 500 and others worldwide.

I would like to point out that the American Corvette Racing has won their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times – CONGRATULATIONS!

Both scarves can be purchased through our store.  Please follow the links provided or by clicking on each photo.

Now you can Search and Shop by Artist…

In a constant effort to improve your shopping experience, we are currently working on adding a feature, where you will be able to search our entire scarf collection by various artists.

Come and have a look…

CdP Artists

Petit Marché is back by popular demand

Petit Marché – Shop authentic Hermes scarves for under $250

Here you will find scarves that may have some issues, such as tiny holes, uneven hem, weak silk or some spots but overall, they still look fantastic when worn.  These may, in fact, become your favorite go-to everyday scarves.

All items in the Petit Marché Collection are final sales.  Items are sold in as-is condition.

For additional photos, please email us at prior to purchase.

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May I have the Keys please

The iconic Hermès Silk Scarf, Les Clés or Les Clefs, also knows as the Keys, was designed by Caty Latham and first issued in 1965.  This scarf has been re-issued numerous times due to its overwhelming popularity.

Sometimes also known as Keys, this is a scarf that transcends generations, trends, fads and one that has become an icon for the fashion-conscious.

The many faces of the Les Cles Hermes carre…

Read about the Inspiration for this design on my blog

Les Cles HERMES Paris Vintage Scarf Olive

Les Cles HERMES Paris Vintage Scarf Olive

Les Cles HERMES Exclusif Silk Blouse White

Les Cles HERMES Exclusif Silk Blouse White

Les Cles hermes 36" x 36" silk scarf

Les Cles Hermes 36″ x 36″ silk scarf