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Gustaf Cederström 1845-1933, Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden, c.1877-78. © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
This lifelike painting from Gustaf Cederström portrays the royal hero's return to Sweden following a fatal shot at the Siege of Fredriksten in Norway in 1718. Cederström was so intent on capturing the image as realistically as possible that he enlisted professional models, colleagues, friends and relatives to pose for him to ensure each soldier had a definitive individual look. For the King himself, he even erected a stretcher, getting a professional model to lie on it to create the scene as accurately as possible.
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We believe that 40cm is the minimum size for a high quality pocket square. Any smaller and it will slide down inside your pocket with any movement of your jacket, while it limits the number of folds you can achieve as there is not enough volume to hold it in place. It goes without saying we would never advocate any form of pocket square holder. All our pocket squares are either 42cm x 42cm or 40cm x 40cm.
We take the utmost care in printing our pocket squares which results in truly remarkable levels of detail. Faces, objects and colours are all sharp and well defined to give a truly stunning finish.
In our opinion, a high quality pocket square will look almost as good on the back (left) as it does on the front (right). For this reason we have paid great attention to the bleed of the ink to achieve an exceptional penetration. This ensures you are unlimited in your choice of folds as it is irrelevant whether the back is front facing or not. Inferior quality printing will only have a sharp image on one side.
We use the finest mulberry silk with our silk and wool/silk pocket squares.The quality of the fabric can be seen in the texture and the level of detail and vibrancy of the finished product.
All our pocket squares are delivered in an elegant box which can either be used to store them or also ensures they make the perfect gift.
Gustaf Cederström, 1845-1933, was a Swedish painter who specialised in historical scenes and portraits. Initially, he was intending to pursue a military career, but when he was able he also took art classes at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Eventually, he resigned from the military and eventually settled in Paris in 1873.
His first work to be recognised, was the piece featured on this pocket square, Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden, at the Exposition Universelle in 1878 for which he won a medal. Later that year he was elected a member of the Royal Academy and then went on to become its director from 1899 to 1911.
Cederström went on to create a number of historical scenes along with also becoming an author, with his best-known work being his autobiography - An Old Artist's Memories in 1926.
We were very pleased to create this series of four pocket squares in collaboration with Götrich 1730. Located in Stockholm, Götrich is Sweden's oldest bespoke tailors spanning six generations. Throughout the years, Götrich has developed its reputation around guaranteed quality and craftsmanship of the highest grade.
This collection of pocket squares features four works from the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, featuring renowned artists, Gustaf Cederström, Johan Georg Arsenius, Anders Zorn, and Hans Makart.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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When I finally had the chance to see the products in person I was blown away by the rich details in the prints. What you don't realise from the pictures is that the print is actually incredibly detailed even on the back of the square. This results in making it much easier to…" click to read full review.
"My line of work gives me a pretty unique chance of studying finely crafted clothing and accessories and if pressed I can roll a decent hand rolled edge myself. Rampley & Co’s products are as good as it gets where handwork is considered. The pocket squares I own so far are on the same level, or better than, pocket squares that usually retail for several times the price that Rampley & Co charge. The silk is finely woven and neither too thick to become bulky in ones pocket, nor is it..." click to read full review.
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