"Flora Graeca" or "Greek Flowers" was designed by renown Greek botanical painter and philanthropist, Niki Goulandris, and first issued by Hermès as part of its 1983 spring /summer collection. Her design was inspired by the botanical work titled "Flora Graeca" published in 10 volumes between 1806-1840 which cataloged the plants of Greece based on a 1786-1787 survey by John Sibthorp and illustrated by Ferdinand Bauer. This beloved design was reissued in 1985, in 1989/1990 as a 90cm cashmere/silk, in 2000 as a cotton 70cm petit, 2000/2001 and finally in 2003 as a moussiline gavroche pocket scarf. The Hermès copyright symbol dates this scarf as a 1983 spring/summer collection original issue or a 1985 spring/summer collection reissue.
The colorway is comprised of a crimson red border surrounding a demin blue background with desgin details rendered in light blue.
This cotton scarf is in vintage 10, mint and unused condition (see our condition scale for reference). There are no stains, spots, holes, thread snags or thread runs. The hems are in perfect condition. The cotton is crisp and thick. The colors are boutique fresh and vivid. The short white doubled over fabric/care label is attached. This scarf, as typical of many of the early "large" Hermès scarf issues, are nearer to 80cm in size than today's 90cm sizes, measures approximately 32" x 31.25" (82.5cm x 79.5cm).
This charming scarf is both a fashion and collector's item, especially in this colorway and in this condition. Its being 100% cotton and in the 80cm size makes it an extra rare and much sought after Hermès scarf. No box comes with this scarf, but be assured we will carefully pack and pad it for shipping.