Framed Handkerchief

Designed by Hector Guimard, French, 1867 - 1942

Made in France, Europe


Gilded brass; linen plain weave with silk embroidery in satin stitch and drawn-thread work

Framed: 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 160, European Art 1850-1900, first floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Hector Guimard, 1949

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Hector Guimard was one of the most important architect-designers of the Art Nouveau style, perhaps best known for the entrances he created for the Paris subway system. Like many architects of the Art Nouveau period, his goal was to create environments that were total works of art; his building designs included not just the architecture but the interiors as well, including floor and wall coverings, light fixtures, door and window hardware, fireplaces, and furniture.

Additional information:
  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This handkerchief, which Guimard designed as a wedding present for his wife, is embroidered with her initials, AG. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 61.

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