Ultimate Gift for the Globetrotter
August 5, 2010
M.S. Rau Antiques has acquired the ultimate gift for the ultimate jet setter and connoisseur: a set of near-perfect condition, vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, circa 1900. Reminiscent of a by-gone era of sophisticated, leisurely travel, these two steamer trunks ($22,500 each) and standing wardrobe trunk ($29,850) are artworks in their own right to display in a walk-in closet or as a stately home furnishing addition.
Flat-top trunks, one of Louis Vuitton's innovations, made cargo packing and stacking much easier. Thanks to the leather-lined compartments and hangers of the wardrobe trunks, travelers could pack delicate clothing without fear of damage in transit. Louis Vuitton first opened his doors in 1854. Among Vuitton's first customers was the Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. The iconic Louis Vuitton logo was created by Louis' son, George, in 1896.
Steamer Trunks (http://www.rauantiques.com/item/.29-5425.html) This flat-top steamer case is covered with the familiar LV monogram on an early light brown hand-woven canvas. Finished with all original trim, including the marked latch metal trim, leather tags, beechwood slats, and brass rivets. Hotel stickers from around the globe attest to this trunk's travels far and wide.
Wardrobe (http://www.rauantiques.com/item/.29-5427.html) Six leather-covered drawers are beautifully fitted and lined with fine canvas, and all feature the original leather pull-tabs. Six wooden hangers on pull-out rods keep garments wrinkle-free in any and all traveling conditions. Features original manufacturer's label and serial number 741989. Hardware, hangers and leather pulls all feature Louis Vuitton marks. The fabrics have been restored and the hangers are original.