Sale 1796
Hermes: A One-of-a-Kind Passe-Guide Bag for Spain
Online 7 - 21 October 2013
Sale total including buyer's premium:
GBP 21,250
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Hermès and Christie’s are delighted to announce Hermès: A One-of-a-Kind Passe-Guide Bag for Spain, Sold to Benefit the Museo Nacional del Prado Online Only auction, providing a unique opportunity to acquire an exceptional and unique handbag. Celebrating the Esencia del Cuero exhibition which opened at the Galeria de Cristal at Palacio de Correos in Madrid on 24 September 2013, Couli Jobert, creative director at Hermès leather, has designed a special version of the iconic ‘Passe-Guide’ handbag representing Spanish culture. Running during and after the exhibition, Hermès: A One-of-a-Kind Passe-Guide Bag for Spain, Sold to Benefit the Museo Nacional del Prado Online Only auction will be held from 7 October 2013 until 21 October 2013, when the bag will be sold to the highest bidder. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Museo Nacional del Prado. This sale follows the successful partnership between Hermès and Christie's in 2012, when four one-of-a-kind versions of the ‘Passe-Guide’ handbag representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were created for the Leather Forever exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and subsequently sold for more than three times the pre-sale estimate.

The Hermès ‘Passe-Guide’ handbag was chosen for this project as a celebration of the equestrian world. Its metallic fittings, a true expression of craftsmanship, were inspired by the harness-making tradition. The bag’s name and clasp refer to the ring at the front of Roman chariots that kept the reins of the carriage in place. Elegant and playful, this original ‘Passe-Guide’ bag is a variation, in black Box calfskin and embroidered silk satin, on the model designed in 1975 by Henri d’Origny. It is a unique design, which evokes the rhythmic steps of the harnessed horses at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, accompanied by the rustle of dresses, trains and ‘suits of lights’ that pervade the paintings of Velázquez and Goya. It features the motif of the ‘En désordre’ silk scarf, an adaptation of Hermès' legendary ‘Brides de Gala’ design, hand-embroidered with beads and sequins.

Christie’s continues to develop initiatives that increase global accessibility to the art market. The special online-only sale of this exquisite Hermès handbag builds upon the success of the company’s inaugural online-only sale held in December 2011 as part of Christie’s series of auctions dedicated to The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. The online auction format held over a number of days will allow Hermès connoisseurs and handbag collectors around the world to have a chance to view and bid on this one-of-a-kind handbag in their own time and from the comfort of their own home or office.
Hermès and Christie’s are delighted to announce Hermès: A One-of-a-Kind Passe-Guide Bag for Spain, Sold to Benefit the Museo Nacional del Prado Online Only auction, providing a unique opportunity to acquire an exceptional and unique handbag. Celebrating the Esencia del Cuero exhibition which opened at the Galeria de Cristal at Palacio de Correos in Madrid on 24 September 2013, Couli Jobert, creative director at Hermès leather, has designed a special version of the iconic ‘Passe-Guide’ handbag representing Spanish culture. Running during and after the exhibition, Hermès: A One-of-a-Kind...
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