Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Hermes Modernist Swan Ashtray

Price Upon Request

About

A fine and sleek ashtray by Hermes, in the modernist form of a swan. Marked on bottom. Measures: 5.5" x 3" x 3".

Details

  • Creator
    Hermès (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Width: 3 in. (7.62 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU784221690722

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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

Hermès

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
5 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 1972
1stDibs seller since 2003
45 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 5 hours
Associations
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
  • By Hermès
    Located in New York, NY
    A classic and elegant porcelain ashtray. Featuring a racing horse in a yellow coat.
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

    Materials

    Porcelain

  • By Hermès
    Located in New York, NY
    A fine and elegant ashtray by Hermes. Featuring an engine-turned texture and a rest for your smoke.  
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Modern More Desk Accessories

    Materials

    Silver Plate

    Hermes Horse Head Ashtray
    Price Upon Request
  • By Hermès
    Located in New York, NY
    A Classic and elegant porcelain ashtray. Featuring a double-deck carriage and riders.
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche

    Materials

    Porcelain

  • By Hermès
    Located in New York, NY
    An iconic magnifier from Hermes, done in their classic rope motif. An excellent addition to any desk or tabl...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s Modern More Desk Accessories

    Materials

    Silver Plate

    Hermes Rope Magnifier
    Price Upon Request
  • By Yves Saint Laurent
    Located in New York, NY
    A fine and elegant sterling silver bracelet by Yves Saint Laurent. YSL's classic take on the link bracelet c...
    Category

    Vintage 1970s Modern Collectible Jewelry

    Materials

    Sterling Silver

  • By Gucci
    Located in New York, NY
    A classic bracelet by Gucci, crafted out of sterling silver with an ebony wood clasp. Marked on interior of b...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s Modern Collectible Jewelry

    Materials

    Sterling Silver

    Gucci Sterling Bracelet
    Price Upon Request

You May Also Like

1950s Hermès Dupré-Lafon Ashtray Small Porthole
By Hermès, Paul Dupré-Lafon
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Rare 1950s Hermès ashtray in the shape of a small porthole, designed by Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900-1971) Stamped Hermès/ Paris underneath Dark Blue/ Black leather Condition: The leat...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Chrome

Cohr Denmark Modernist Silver Plated Midcentury Ashtray '2'
By Carl M. Cohr
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
Scarce modernist ashtrays by Carl Cohr, circa 1950s, Denmark. Smile edition  Silver plated. Discrete and wildly stylish. Stamped Cohr, Denmark to underside. Unpolished a...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays

Materials

Silver Plate

Quadro Bronze Ashtray
By Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Located in Milan, IT
This functional yet fine bronze ashtray was crafted by Osanna Visconti employing the traditional lost-wax casting technique. The piece features dents and grooves on the outer surface...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Sterling Silver

Danish Modernist Silver Plate Ashtray or Incense Burner by Carl Cohr, 1950s
By Carl M. Cohr
Located in San Diego, CA
Egg-shaped silver plated brass ashtray or incense burner. Titled The Smile, it was designed and manufactured by Carl Cohr in Fredericia Denmark. Stamped Cohr, Denmark, 1950s.
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Silver Plate, Brass

Sterling Silver Ashtray
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1931 English sterling silver ash tray in the Art Deco style with Engine turned detailing. Made in England. Please note of wear consistent with age.
Category

20th Century Art Deco Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Sterling Silver

Fontana Arte 1950s Modernist Glass Pen Holder or Stand and Ashtray Desk Set
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Max Ingrand (attributed) for Fontana Arte desk set featuring a pen holder or stand with a tray and an ashtray. Made in Italy of thick polished green crystal glass. A wonderful sta...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Glass

Ashtray 6 Handle, Wheel
By Chase Brass and Copper Company
Located in Van Nuys, CA
The center wheel spins and is removable for easy cleaning. Created by Chase U.S.A. with a centaur logo.
Category

Vintage 1920s American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Chrome

Hermes Riding Crop
By Hermès
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Hermes riding crop with deer antler handle. The shaft is covered in a beautifully braided leather and finished at the bottom with twine. The stag antler is fastened at the to...
Category

Vintage 1960s English Sports Equipment and Memorabilia

Materials

Silver

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery