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Louis Vuitton Vintage Luggage Important Set of Five Large Pieces ex Indian Royal

$55,000per set

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A set of five pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage numbered 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13 remaining from a set numbered to 27. The offered set has been in storage since 1996. The remainder of the set was sold at auction in London in 1987 (the auctioned items were considered “lesser pieces” due to their impracticality of use). The original owner had many well-known Louis Vuitton models part of the set such as the Stokowski Desk Trunk, the largest double-shoe trunk, the Bibliothèque model, Ladies Secretaire Lozine Complete, Twin Ladies Wardrobe, Trunk Gentilhomme, several hatboxes and the largest trunks for various uses such as linen etc. The owner—of Indian royalty, was recognized as one of the world’s best-dressed women. The additional, some later models of the complete set were ordered in 1984 shortly before the death of the late Ranee's son. In 1985, the legatee commissioned Louis Vuitton that the collection be restored, renumbered and initialed. One handle on the wardrobe is detached, which Vuitton can repair. The original keys and leather carriers, etc. are part of this collection for sale. The set has not been polished, varnished etc., as it has never been for sale. The owner had wanted it to keep its natural period look. Please feel free to ask for more information and further images. The set is comprised of: Wardrobe Lozine M12040 13 Complete Hangers Gemine shoe trunk Homme complete 8 pairs Alzer Anglais 80 M21224 Bisten 75 M212323 Bisten 65 M21325 Original trays included. Please ask for exact sizes as Vuitton has slightly changed the sizes for older items.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Vuitton (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Depth: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950-1985
  • Condition
    Minor losses. One handle on the Wardrobe has become loose. Vuitton have advised the repair would cost less than $600 but buyer is responsible. This has been taken into account of pricing for the lot.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1423214860432

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Louis Vuitton

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, 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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