Woman's scarf: "Once Upon a Time"

English
about 1947
Designed by Arnold Lever, For Jacqmar (English (founded 1932))


Object Place: England

Dimensions

91.3 x 88 cm (35 x 34 5/8 in)

Accession Number

2011.2391

Medium or Technique

Silk, plain weave

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Rayon headsquare with borders of dark pink, light pink, purple, blue and green, with central panel containing fairytale of a young British “Princess” who finds happiness in the arms of a scarf-presenting “Prince;” studded with sequins. Signed “Jacqmar” and “Arnold Lever.”

Text reads: Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess who lived in a world of her own with her wicked stepmother who kept all her clothing coupons for herself and wouldn’t part up with any of them not even one and so the poor little Princess hadn’t any clothes to wear and so couldn’t accept dates for lunch at Pruniers nor dancing at Bagatelle and so she just sat on her little truckle bed weeping her lovely blue or hazel or gray/green eyes out which made her mascara run like absolute mad until one day she said dammit enough of this and went out into the sunshine which you don’t get much of in England and what do you think happened why she saw a terribly handsome Prince riding towards her on his Jeep with one of “those scarves” in his knapsack so now she can go anywhere at any time unless she falls for it and gets married-the stupid little thing. -Arnold Lever

Provenance

By 2011, with Chris Saunders of Sotherans, London; 2011, purchased from Saunders by Jean and Frederic Sharf; 2011, gift of the Sharfs to the MFA (Accession date: December 30, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf