The Sporting Spirit of Hermès Sets Tone for Washington Winter Show

Photo by Judith Beermann
Peter Malachi, SVP of Communications for Hermes and Madame Menehould de Baudelaire, Director of of Cultural Heritage for Hermes
Peter Malachi, SVP of Communications for Hermes and Madame Menehould de Baudelaire, Director of of Cultural Heritage for Hermes

What better way to kick off the 2013 Washington Winter Show, with its sporting life antiques theme, than with en exclusive look at Hermes? Madame Ménéhould de Bazelaire, Director of Cultural Heritage for Hermès, regaled guests (it was a sold-out lecture/luncheon) with an intimate photo tour of the museum's private collection, rich in equestrian history.

WWS Hermes Luncheon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) WWS Hermes Luncheon

In fact, the first client of Thierry Hermès was the horse. That was 1837 when the company was founded. It was in equine equipage that Hermès allure first took form, tailored in leather and hardware, honestly and elegantly designed. Since its foundation, Hermès has specialized in equestrian harnesses, calèches and functional fittings.

It was the invention of the zipper in 1928 that made way for the company's first ultra chic leather riding jacket. Their tradition of  creating accoutrements (and elegant silk scarves) for travel and sport extends to golf, tennis, skiing and even walking. 

Hermès walking stick/parasol with Meissen porcelain lady (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hermès walking stick/parasol with Meissen porcelain lady

Ever wonder what inspired that signature Hermès orange? As Madame Ménéhould de Bazelaire explained, "During the height of World War II, because of the German occupation, supplies of their 'ultra-coueleurs' ivory and mustard, used for our paper mache boxes, were in very short supply. Instead, we selected orange, a plentiful color then, because it was considered too avant-garde. Later, customers wanted us to keep it because it evoked a joyful dawn after a war-torn grey Paris."

Leeanne Meadows (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leeanne Meadows

Co-author Leeanne Meadows was on hand after the luncheon to sign copies of Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, and Riva Ridge - Penny's First Champion.  

Sporting Pastimes:  Art & Objects of Leisure, the loan exhibit from the National Sporting Library and Sporting Museum in Middleburg, Va. at the entrance to the three floors of exhibtors' halls  includes painting, sculpture, and prints by leading animal and sporting artists, as well as attire, equipment, and rare books dating to the 17th century. 

Highlights include a bronze sculpture by John Skeaping of Paul Mellon’s champion horse, Fort Marcy, a 1653 First Edition of The Compleat Angler, and the Meadow Farm silks, the colors of Honorary Washington Winter Show Chair Penny Chenery’s Triple Crown winner Secretariat, on loan from Washington & Lee University.

Kimberly Casey, Martin Gammon and Mary Bird meet at the loan exhibit area. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kimberly Casey, Martin Gammon and Mary Bird meet at the loan exhibit area.

Christopher H. Jones Early American Antiques, Folk & Fine Art (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Christopher H. Jones Early American Antiques, Folk & Fine Art

Michael Giuliano at Hanebergs Antiques of East Lyme, Ct. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michael Giuliano at Hanebergs Antiques of East Lyme, Ct.

Saturday events include: Appraisals from 9:00 - 11:00 am (no tickets or reservations required; appraisal fee applies) and Jazz Ensemble from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Show Hours: Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Aileen Minor Antiques in Centerville Md. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Aileen Minor Antiques in Centerville Md.

The Washington Winter Show at The The Katzen Arts Center American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.