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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 349

Christie’s First Handbags & Accessories Auction in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 Maggio 2022

Milan 14 to 23 June 2022 Christie’s announces Inside the Orange Box: A Lifetime of Collecting. This single owner auction represents a celebration of one collector’s passion, showcasing an encyclopedic collection of Hermès handbags, accessories, lifestyle objects, textiles, jewellery, watches and more. Comprising a total of 257 lots, including 145 handbags, the auction will be on public preview at Christie’s Palazzo Clerici. A highlight lot of the auction is a rare 2010 denim and black Evercalf leather Shadow Birkin 40 customised by Petit H (estimate: €10,000 – 12,000). The Shadow Birkin was first introduced in 2009 by famed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès’s Creative Director from 2003 to 2010. Gaultier made his mark on the house by reinterpreting classic styles in contemporary ways. For the Shadow, he sought to create a trompe-l’œil effect through the illusion of a top flat and sangles. In reality, the design is a raised impression, making it the only Birkin to stray from the traditional structure. The piece was customised by Petit H working with the collector, who as a patron of Hermès could chose custom designs by the workshop.The innovation and reinterpretation of materials by the Hermès workshop is demonstrated in the artistry of the Picnic series. The delicate nature of osier, or wicker, means it is used by only the most skilled artisans. A 2013 limited edition natural Barenia leather and toile Ghillies Birkin 35 (estimate: €6,000-8,000), one of Hermès’s most coveted designs will be presented. Introduced in 2012, the Ghillies was an extension of the haute bijouterie collection produced in 2011 by Pierre Hardy, Artistic Director of Jewellery at Hermès. The design is distinguished by its decorative trim, inspired by the broguing on the Scottish men’s dress shoe of the same name.A 2014 limited edition ficelle, paprika toile and Barenia leather Flag Birkin 35 (estimate: €6,000-8,000) is one of the sportiest designs by Hermès. Featuring vibrant colour-blocking, the bag features a fiery combination of orange Barénia-leather stripes with a red crinoline panel. From the collection of scarves, beautiful editions from iconic collaborations will be offered including the Hermès x Colette J’Aime Mon Carré. Overseen by Hermès Artistic Director of Silk, Bali Barret, the bold and graphic designs were released in 2010 and were available for three weeks. Hermès x Comme des Garçons, a 2013 capsule collection of six scarves were reinterpreted by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo. Released in limited numbers with only 200 of each design, the scarves feature elements of the Comme des Garçons line including the iconic polka dots, nylon gingham and brand motto ‘Live Free with Strong Will’, combined with traditional Hermès prints.Petit H is the upcycling line created by Pascale Mussard at Hermès to create unique objects, design and shapes by reusing materials from other Hermès métiers. The inspiration in the workshop is playful creativity, based on surprise and transience and the designs are one off pieces or only available in very limited editions.

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