A gorgeous Napoléon in excellent, vintage condition. Designed by Philippe Ledoux for Hermès, this iconic design was first issued in 1963. Ledoux's design was created to commemorate the 160 year anniversary of the coronation of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) as French Emperor and Commander of the Grand Armée, and the design depicts in great detail five vignettes of significant events that occured during his reign. The design incorporates iconic Napoleonic symbols, including his bicorn hat, the ancient Roman army eagle, sabers, uniforms, and the dates of his coronation and death. Ledoux borrows heavily from great French painters of Napoléon like Jacques-Louis David and Pierre Gautherot for the design's vignettes. This design was reissued by Hermès as of of the 1985 spring-summer, 1989/1990 fall-winter and 1997 spring-summer collections. This scarf, based on the attached long, white fabric/care/origin label (see, photo 12), is a 1989 reissue. All issued were released on coveted Hermès woven Jacquard silk featuring the bee design. The woven bee jacquard design in the carré pays homage to Napoleon Bonaparte. The bee, an ancient symbol of immortality and resurrection, as to link the new dynasty to the very origins of France, was chosen by Napoleon along with the eagle, to be emblems of the Empire.
The colorway is comprised of a navy blue and gold border surrounding a white background with details details rendered in crimson red, golds, silver, pewter, forest green and blue accents.
This 30 year old scarf is in vintage 8.25/10, excellent, barely used, well maintained condition (see our condition scale for reference). There are no stains, spots, holes, thread snags or thread runs. The hems are intact, tight and round. The silk is still thick with a crisp and. Colors are bright and vivid. The fabric/care/origin label is attached. This scarf was not a boutique "final sale" item. The scarf measures 35.5" x 35" (90cm x 88.9cm). No box comes with this scarf, but be assured we will carefully pack and pad it for damage free shipping.
Ledoux, the master of detail and story depiction, and perhaps one of the most beloved of all Hermès designers, has created an unforgettable scarf, a true timeless classic worthy of any great wardrobe. Don't miss out.