63 grams is the weight of an Hermès scarf

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PHILIPPE LEDOUX II La Comedie Italienne 1962

Philippe Ledoux 
Jacquard silk
First Issue: 1962
Catalogued: 2C

Let me introduce the beautiful vintage jacquard scarf La Comedie Italienne by Philippe Ledoux in 1962. 

It’s based on La Commedia dell’Arte, a form of theatre that began in Italy in the mid-16th century, characterized by masked "types", the advent of the actress and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. 
The classic, traditional plot is that the innamorati are in love and wish to be married, but one elder, vecchio, or several elders, vecchi, prevent this from happening, leading the lovers to ask one or more zanni (eccentric servants) for help. Typically, the story ends happily with the marriage of the innamorati and forgiveness for any wrongdoings. 

Please, watch the details, landscapes, backgrounds and expressions, this is one of the best Hermes scarves ever! 

Characters depicted on this scarf:

Zanni (servants) Colombina, Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Crispin, Brigbela and Mezzetin (brothers), Scaramouche, Bellosguardo, Scarpin, Pierrot.

The Innamorati: Isabella, Lelio, Leandro:

The Vecchi (the elder): Pantalone, Capitan, Giangurgiolo:

A last picture of 7 characters: Brigbella, pantalone, Lelio, Isabelle, Pierrot, Colombine and Arlequin.

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Dear Lily recently got a beautiful issue of this scarf in olive green, gold and pink, I thought it would be nice to include some of her pictures as a comparison, many congratulations, my friend, for a great find!


  1. Oh this is a beauty! I love the italian scarves and I see this has the same jacquard as Carnevale de Venise/Fetes Venitiennes! Thanks for showing us this one! Great blog! SAx

  2. Hi Scarfie! Thank you for joining me in the "vintage" house of scarves.


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