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Fully Restored Extra Large Louis Vuitton Paris 1900 Malle Haute Steamer Trunk

$33,304.85

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We are delighted to offer for sale this conservation-restoration circa 1900 extra large Louis Vuitton Paris Malle Haute steamer trunk with full monogrammed canvas Where to begin…… I purchased this trunk from a French arms and militaria dealer who I met in Belgium whilst visiting the Chateu De Deulin for an exquisite exhibition. The trunk had been brought from Paris by the dealer to sell at a fine antiques fair. The second I saw it I had to buy it, when do you have the chance to purchase such an iconic and stylish piece of late 19th century travel luggage made by the worlds greatest and most reputable luggage manufacturer Louis Vuitton… never! The trunk was in the normal condition which is to say poor, thus began the dilemma regarding restoration. There are many (smaller versions) of these trunks that come up for sale and they are all restored with the same paint brush which is to say in the same way, the dealers will strip back and polish up all the brass work so it looks brand new, they will paint all the metal work black so it makes the brass gleam even more, they basically try to make something that shouldn’t look new, look new. So, my dilemma was do I follow the same route, the quote I was given for the work was not insubstantial, or do I find a conservation restorer who would keep all the originally of the piece but make it clean, tidy, safe and presentable. I chose the latter, in walks the wonder that is Martin Ashford. Martin’s work is world famous, you may know him from the show Salvage Hunters the restorers, he is without doubt the finest (and most ingenious) fabric restorer I have ever encountered. Martin worked the trunk right back to the frame, he has worm and damp treated the carcass on the inside and out, it is now 100% clean, sterile and safe to use for another 120+ years. The timber has been expertly cleaned so as to not remove any of the original patina, it has then been waxed and polished. The Louis Vuitton monogram material has been cleaned and stained back to the original colour, this is the first known trunk where this has been successfully executed without losing the LV monogram. The metalwork has been lightly painted and then aged back to keep it as original as possible, the brass has been cleaned and again lightly burnished back so as so not lose the original patina but bring back to life the charm of the stamped studs, each one says Louis Vuitton. For the internals I have had the piece completely refinished, I could have left it as it was because it was in okay order however there was some staining and losses to the silk so I decided to go for fresh new silk with hessian cotton, so again, it is 100% clean and ready to use. The original label was expertly removed and reattached in the same place, this piece now looks showroom new inside and 120+ years old museum quality to the outside. The conservation restoration cost in total was almost double that of the normal strip back and polish restoration however I felt it was important that this piece stays as original as possible. Antiques are only ever original once, I don’t want to be the man responsible for taking that away In terms of the original patina there is fabric wear and small losses to the very base line at the front and back which is 100% normal, there are patina marks all over in general, all of which add to the look feel and charm of the piece This trunk has been a dream come true to find, a pleasure to take through the restoration process and an honour to own, the new owners will be absolutely thrilled with it Dimensions: Height 71cm Width 102cm Depth 61cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Vuitton (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.96 in. (71 cm)Width: 40.16 in. (102 cm)Depth: 24.02 in. (61 cm)
  • Style
    Late Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1900-1909
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Condition
    Refinished. Repaired. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2823321848652

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  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Louis Vuitton

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, crossbody bags, leather goods, ready-to-wear clothing and more — is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and furniture.

The company’s modest origins can be traced back to when its founder, Louis Vuitton (1821–92), wishing to free himself from the conventional lifestyle in his provincial French city of Anchay as well as a difficult stepmother, left in the early 1830s to make a new life in Paris. The young Vuitton was 13 at the time and would need to travel on foot to get to the capital, which was hundreds of miles away. With stops along the way to make money so that he could forge ahead, the journey took a couple of years, but reward was close at hand.

When he arrived in Paris, Vuitton made a living with his hands. He toiled as a box maker and packer for more than a decade and built relationships with royals and members of the upper class while working for the empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. In 1854, Vuitton launched his namesake company. The craftsman opened a humble workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines and advertised his services with a small poster that read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.”

Long before his brand would become known globally for its exemplary top-handle bags and stylish totes, Vuitton produced stackable and rectangular trunks. The most common trunks of the era were round, which weren’t ideal for toting and storing. In 1858, Vuitton debuted his lightweight, handcrafted canvas trunks, which were sturdy, rugged and equipped with convenient compartments. Travel’s popularity broadened in the late 19th century, and Vuitton’s trunks could easily be packed into train cars and ships — upright trunks meant hanging wardrobe storage that would allow his clients to transport their sophisticated garments without worry. Demand increased and the company grew. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892, control of the luxury house was passed onto his only son, Georges Vuitton.

In 1914, a Louis Vuitton store opened at 70 Champs-Élysées. The largest travel-goods store in the world at the time, it became the company’s flagship.

The Louis Vuitton brand embodies all the attributes of luxury, from the craftsmanship, exclusivity and relevance to heritage. It’s only appropriate that it boasts one of the most recognizable insignias — the imaginative interlocking of letters and fleurettes — in the fashion world. The famous LV monogram was first used in 1896 as part of an initiative by Georges to prevent counterfeiting of his coveted new line of travel trunks. It’s one of the earliest examples of fashion branding.

The LV monogram would soon appear on everything from bags and various fashion accessories to alligator-skin champagne cases, from stylish apparel and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.

On 1stDibs, the unmistakable insignia can be found on both modern and vintage Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, suitcases, original 19th-century trunks, jackets and more.

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