Early antique domed lid Louis Vuitton trunk from the 1800’s.
The trunk is in varnished wood and has a domed lid. The wood case has a metal edging and is reinforced with wooden slats and brass rivets. It has steel handles on either end. This trunk bears the “scars “ of its travels and this only adds to its appeal. The label in the interior is inscribed with “4 Rue Des Capucines” and as such this is one of the first trunks made by this venerable house.
Louis Vuitton was founded by its namesake in 1854 and had its first shop on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Vuitton initially made rounded top trunks as this meant water could easily run off the tops of the trunk. When he noticed that his competitors’ trunks were flat topped making them readily stackable he introduced his flat topped trunks with canvas covering making them lightweight and airtight. Around the turn of the century Louis Vuitton has established himself as the leader in trunk making and he thus needed to set his brand apart from the competitors. He came up with the now iconic logo which was his monogramme.
Wood, metal, steel, brass
H: 54 cm
W: 81 cm
L: 52 cm