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Designed by Hermès (French, founded in 1837)
Length x width: 87.6 x 86.4 cm (34 1/2 x 34 in.)
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Not On View
Red scarf. In each corner there is a large red bow. Attached to each bow is a knight medal of the French Legion of honour (awarded for excellent civil or military conduct). In the center of the scarf, there is a white, cross-like shape with a large gold circle on the inside. The circle is divided into several sections (much like a pie). At the center of the circle there is a gold plaque/medal similar to the medal of the French Legion of honour; it reads:”Republique Francise - Honneur et Patrie”, which translates to “The French Republic- Honor and Patrice”. The medal is on top of a white circle encircled with a gold sunburst design. The white circle is on top of a larger red circle. Between the outer edge of the red circle and the inner edge of the gold circle, there are eight sections, each with a gold medal inside.
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)
The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder