L’Instruction du Roy Bayadere

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Scarf title: L’Instruction du Roy Bayadere

Dimension: 90 x 90cm

Artist name: Henri d’Origny

Year of issue:

Collection: Spring/Summer 2021

Feature: Rein, stripe

Material: 100% silk

Product reference: H003685S

Colourway number: 12 (Noir/Rouge/Multicolore)

Hermes retail price: SGD680, year 2021

Estimated resale value:

Image credit: Hermes

The Story Behind

L’instruction du Roy en l’exercice de monter à cheval (instructing the King in the art of horse-riding) was the title given to the work by Antoine de Pluvinel, equerry to Louis XIII, King of France and King of Navarre. De Pluvinel understood, as early as the 17th century, that when training a horse, “kindness prevails over severity.” He established a riding academy in Paris and wrote this book for the young king. It took the form of a dialogue and was illustrated with superb etchings by Crispijn de Passe. The book’s final few plates notably describe the bits that he recommends. Henri d’Origny linked these bits to fabric reins with braided edges: curves and volutes create a decorative design ornamented with the scrollwork that was popular during the Grand Siècle. The design has been reworked in a bayadère version featuring both fine and wide block stripes.


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