large vintage c.1940s Ascher Square - a silk twill scarf by Phillipe Jullian
Ascher (as you may well know) was created as a brand in 1942 by Prague-born husband and wife, Lika and Zida Ascher. Creating a business which was to become a favourite of the couture houses, in it's infancy Zika managed to enlist the designs of both established, and up and coming fine artists, in France and Europe.
In dreary post war Britain, with rationing still in force, the Ascher Squares were a desirable bit of cheer. Apparently no more than 600 were printed of any design(some less) before the screens were destroyed, and each sold for £12; a considerable sum at the time! The idea really was wearable art.
(more here: https://howtospendit.ft.com/mens-style/48123-artist-scarves )
This design is a classical one, by French painter and illustrator Phillippe Jullian (signed to one corner). I've kept it for ages as I love the history behind it, but have decided it's time to pass it on as I shan't ever wear it. I can't find an example to date this, but he designed a number of other scarves in 1947. I've included a screenshot of the gallery walls at an exhibition in Denver back in 2014 'The Printed Square; International Fashion Scarves Dressing Up A War' which featured more than forty of Ascher's scarves. This particular design is visible top right.
approx 36" x 35"
No holes, there are a number of small operations in the weave only seen when held to light as shown.
There are a couple of light marks from use, the worst is a little mark next to one of the designs (pictured twice, I'm pointing it it once.) There's nothing awful or actually really noticeable, but I didn't dare clean myself and don't trust the dry cleaners!
A really interesting piece of fashion and art history.