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Late 19th Century Louis Vuitton Striped Rayee Canvas Steamer Trunk

$15,000

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Late 19th century Louis Vuitton striped canvas steamer trunk with multiple storage compartments. Not only is this late 19th century Louis Vuitton steamer trunk a functional piece of storage, it is also the perfect decorative accessory whether it's used by itself or stacked. They are being re-purposed and used as a coffee table, living room end table, console, entry table, bedroom night stand, or placed at the foot of the bed. The LV steamer trunks were also used as props in the TV series 'Downton Abbey'. This antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunk displays the original pattern known as the Rayee canvas which translates from French to English meaning “Striped” Canvas. The LV steamer trunk features the original lining with tray compartments. The inner side of the lid has original upholstered in weathered ivory textile, diamond tufted accented with silk burgundy ribbon which is extremely rare. Interior has the original large Louis Vuitton paper label and is numbered 2042-1880. This Louis Vuitton striped rayee canvas steam trunk is composed of: Canvas clad wood case with stitched leather edging, leather and brass bound, reinforced with wooden laths also known as wood slats with studs. It has brass handles to either end. The side showcases large stamped Initials: A.M and E.P. The Louis Vuitton label reads: Louis Vuitton EMBALLEUR BREVETE S.G.D.G. FOURNISSEUR CREVETE DE S.M.LE ROI D' ESPAGNE, Rue Scribe, PARIS, FABRIQUE D'ARTICLES DE VOYAGE, USINE A ASNIERES (Seine). No. 2042-1880. 1867-1868. Type: Steamer Trunk Manufacturer: Louis Vuitton Marks: Paper label to interior Period: 1880-1888 Measures: 33.0" W x 27.0" H x 22.0" D.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Vuitton (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Style
    American Colonial (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880-1889
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Original and unrestored condition. Fading and staining throughout with some torn elements to interior. Some tears, chips, and loss to cloth, wood, and leather strapping. Some denting to brass hardware and one clasp is missing from front.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Louis Vuitton Striped Canvas Steamer Trunk 33"Wx27"Hx22"D1stDibs: LU942915612042

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Dallas, TX
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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About Louis Vuitton (Manufacturer)

The Louis Vuitton story is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry, furniture and more.


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 watches and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.


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

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