Woman's scarf: "Once Upon a Time"

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

Object Place: England


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

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Medium or Technique

Silk, plain weave

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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


By 2011, with Chris Saunders of Sotherans, London; 2011, sold by Saunders to Jean and Frederic Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2011, year-end gift of the Sharfs to the MFA. (Accession date: January 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf