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Designed by Hermès (French, founded in 1837)


Length x width: 86.4 x 83.8 cm (34 x 33 in.)

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Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Navy blue border, 1in. wide. Within the navy blue border is a black border, 1 1/2 in. wide, overlaid with a gold, woven rope netting. At the top center of the border there is a white plaque. In bold, black, capital letters, it reads: “Les rasins de la mer”, which translates “rasins in the sea”. Within the border is a scene of dark red waters and the same dark red sky (the water is indicated with navy lines). There is a ship with a smaller boat attached by a gold rope. In front of the boat, rope netting (mirrored in the border) drapes from four white, wooden beams. Within the nets there are several spherical blue objects which vary in size and number from net to net. In the bottom left corner there is a white cage-like object on a flat, yellow, circular plane (most likely representing a treasure chest on an island). There is a background, middle ground, and foreground. Value and perspective are incorporated into this illustration, indicating depth, and special relationships. The special depth seen in this image contrasts with some of the flat shapes.


Before 2011, acquired by Evelyn H. Lauder (b. 1936 - d. 2011); 2011, given by inheritance to her husband, Leonard A. Lauder, New York, NY; 2013, gift of Lauder to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder