Fierce and Fragile: Hermès Helps Save Big Cats with Robert Dallet Auction

Courtesy Hermès

Go museum hopping and scarf shopping for a good cause: big cat conservation through the Panthera Foundation.

This winter, Hermès admirers, art collectors, and conservationists alike can join together at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, to view a retrospective of the late artist Robert Dallet’s work.

Dallet, whose stunning zoological renderings have graced twenty-five Hermès scarves since 1988, was a passionate advocate for animals throughout his life. Hermès honors this devotion through their partnership with the Panthera Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the habitats of big cats. Last Friday at the Bruce, Sotheby’s and Hermès auctioned six one-of-a-kind pieces to benefit Panthera Foundation—including the hand-printed lithographs set in a calfskin Hermès case, pictured above (valued at $65,500). Other highlights in the catalogue included a feed bag hand-embroidered with Dallet’s drawings and a custom Slim d’Hermès pocket watch complete with a Dallet jaguar.

But don’t fret if you didn't make it to Greenwich. Hermès released a limited-edition Dallet scarf, titled Panthera Pardus (pictured below, top left), of which a portion of proceeds will benefit Panthera. The 90-cm silk scarf ($395) can be found in eight different color options at all Hermès boutiques.

Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet will be on view from January 10–March 13 at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT; for more info. 


Image: Courtesy Hermès. Robert Dallet–designed Hermès scarves, clockwise from top left: Panthera Perdus, 2016; Africa, 1997; Guepards, 2007; Tendresse Feline, 2012; Equateur, 1991; Les Zebres, 2014.