Otway & Orford

'The (Rugby) Football Match' silk pocket square (42 x 42cm)


Overview: 'The Football Match' is a stylish and unique pocket square in silk with hand-sewn hem. It was created using artist Roy de Maistre's rugby football painting 'The Football Match' and is presented in a complimentary gift box. Made in England. Size 42cm x 42cm. Price £70. Free UK shipping.

Design & Inspiration: 'The Football Match' is a stylish and unique full-size pocket in silk square and has been created using the rugby football painting 'The Football Match' by Australian modernist artist Roy de Maistre CBE in collaboration with its owner, the Janet Holmes à Court Collection in Perth, and Roy de Maistre's Estate. De Maistre (1894-1968) was a pioneer of modern Australian art; he experimented with linking colours of the spectrum to notes of the musical scale, 'colour-music', and he was recognised as the first Australian artist to use pure abstraction. Works produced following his permanent move to London in 1930 were in a figurative style and based on his interpretation of Cubism.

De Maistre's original oil on canvas rugby work was painted in 1938. Little known today is that from 1912 to 1948 the Olympic Games awarded medals for art and literature about sport and 'The Football Match' was submitted for the 1948 London Summer Olympics, representing Great Britain. 

The artwork is reproduced with a good balance of colour between the printed and reverse sides of the silk pocket square so works perfectly with any pocket square fold. The image is framed by the pocket square’s blue grey border and blue hand-rolled & hand-sewn hem. 

'The Football Match' is presented in a complimentary Otway & Orford branded gift box with its blueberry-coloured lid and pale blue base. Inside each box, the high-quality rugby silk pocket square is tissue-wrapped and accompanied by a card telling the story of the artist and his vibrant artwork.

Price: Pocket squares sold outside the UK are provided Delivery Duties Unpaid (DDU). See below for more information.


Full-size silk pocket square, 42cm x 42cm (16.5” x 16.5”). Dimensions may vary slightly following the printing and manufacturing process as silk is a natural material.

£70 is the price of a pocket square, including free gift box, to all countries as there is no UK VAT/sales tax levied on sales from this website. Items sold to outside the UK are provided Delivery Duties Unpaid (DDU) and the price excludes any local customs duties, taxes and clearance charges. If applicable, these are payable by the recipient to the carrier before delivery. Our pocket squares meet EU criteria for being a product of the UK.

We are currently offering free UK shipping for all orders and free international shipping for orders of two or more pocket squares. We deliver in the UK with Royal Mail and internationally with DPD, DHL, Parcelforce & Royal Mail. To find where we ship to and delivery details by country see 'Delivery'. These details are also part of the checkout process, ahead of order confirmation. 

A purchase may be returned for refund or exchange so long as we are informed in writing within 14 days following receipt of the item and it is returned within 14 days of us accepting the request. Full details at 'Returns'

Made in England; printed and manufactured with hand-finishing in Macclesfield Cheshire, the traditional home of English silk printing. 

High-quality 100% Mulberry silk woven into 15oz silk twill gives the characteristic sheen and cool touch as well as ensuring the pocket square sits nicely in the top pocket.

Silk should always be dry cleaned. Avoid pressing the hand-finished hem to preserve its distinctive 'shoestring' shape. 

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