Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 17

Hermès Carré "Petite Main" by Caty Latham Circa 1990/1997



Circa 1990/1997 France Hermès square entitled "Petite Main" and its original box with light green background and strong polychromy. In as new condition, little or not used. Design by Caty Latham, the 1st edition of which dates from 1987, this one is probably a later re-edition dating from the 1990s. Printed silk twill with hand-rolled edges. Sewing-themed designs with thread braids, ribbons and sewing kit with thimbles and antique keyboards at the four corners. In medallions historical effigies of elegant women. Hermes label on the bottom right indicating Hermes Paris. No defects to be observed, very good general condition of colour and conservation. Rating indicated Assez Rare and Assez Recherché on the book Carré d'Art d'Hermès by Geneviève Fontan at ARFON 2017 on page 183. Size : 86 cm x 88 cm


  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Length: 34.65 in. (88 cm)Marked Size: 86 cm x 88 cm (EU)
  • Style
    1995 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very Good condition and color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU633313497732

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 6-14 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Toulon, France
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer


For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.
About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Toulon, France
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2010
1stDibs seller since 2017
237 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

90's Christian Dior Square Silk Scarf with White Calais Lace from FW 1998
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Christian Dior scarf, Made in France, FW 1998. Square silk scarf in deep black framed with a beautiful white calais lace. 63cm x 63cm Perfect condition

1990s Scarves

Christian Dior Orange Mantilla Inspired Scarf Orange tones
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Christian Dior mantilla in orange tones. Small flowers on the center framed by a lighter orange lace. The larger part of the triangle is 126cm - the two others are 76cm. Good condit...

Early 2000s Fichu

Ira Berg Silky Black Mink Fur Fringed Boa Scarf or Belt – 64", 1950s
By Ira Berg
Located in Tucson, AZ
Fur shoulder cowls are as timeless as a set of pearls; supremely ladylike, tasteful and essential with strapless dresses, they will never go out of style. The narrow design permits ...

1950s Scarves

Braided Cognac Ombré Fox Shoulder Cowl, 1950s
Located in Tucson, AZ
As timeless as a set of pearls, fur shoulder cowls convey ladylike elegance and remain essential-wearing with strapless dresses. The braided feature on this piece permits a variety o...

1950s Fichu

Haute Couture Black Embroidered Silk Piano Shawl Mantilla w Provenance - 1900s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Despite being over a century old, this intricate mantilla is as colorful and perfect as the day it was made. Similar in complexity to a piano shawl but half the traditional size (and...

Early 1900s Shawls

BH Wragge Charcoal Gray Knit Skullcap Hat and Funnel Collar Dickey - M, 1965
Located in Tucson, AZ
Ah, the dickey: a disappeared piece of fashion history that gave the appearance of layering without bulk. These ingenious accessories were an easy way to add variety to wardrobes and...

1960s Beanies

Edwardian Sheer Ecru Tie Neck Crewel Work Neckcloth Shirtfront Dickey-S-M, 1910s
Located in Tucson, AZ
Indispensable accessories, neckcloths stretched the Edwardian woman’s wardrobe by changing the look of a dress and covering the décolletage. Though it is over a century old, this whi...

1910s Neckcloths

2005 Hermes H2O Pointu Silk Triangle Scarf by Bali Barret
By Bali Barret, Hermès
Located in Houston, TX
Gorgeous aqua blue silk scarf by Bali Barret for Hermes. The scarf depicts the famous Hermes "H" in a trompe l'oeil font that makes it look as though it is popping right off of the s...

Early 2000s Neckties

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery