Louis Vuitton packs up the prizes
riginally from the Jura Mountains, Louis Vuitton (1821-1892) started out as an apprentice with Maréchal, a famous trunkmaker of Faubourg Saint-Honoré. He then established his own factory in 1854 on Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, where he packed the belongings of Empress Eugénie. To facilitate his work, he invented flat trunks that could be stacked easily. Vuitton artistically transformed these useful objects into stylish pieces of luggage, which would become the worldwide symbol of his Malletier business. The success of the Vuitton label was immense during the Belle Époque, and so was duly rewarded with various gold medals. After Louis’ death, his son George took over the business. Losing out to counterfeit goods, he created the “monogram” fabric in 1896, a charming flower pattern inspired by Art Nouveau, which became the emblem of the brand. As the official supplier of royal courts and a prestigious clientele,
Louis Vuitton, cabin trunk, coated fabric and leather, reinforced with wood and a brass frame, c.1935, 56 x 112.5 x 55.5 cm.
Where ? When ? Who ? Quimper 10 October Hôtel des ventes de Bretagne Altantique auction house. M. Jamault.
Vuitton adapted his creations to the needs of travel, whilst maintaining a touch of comfort and refinement. This trunk, delivered on 13 August 1939, bears a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique label referring to a South America cruise that stopped off in Colombia. Convenient, functional and in a good state of conservation with its original keys, the case comes from a regional estate. It was predicted around €6,000 and packed in the fans, before being bought by a French individual for double the estimate. Chantal Humbert
How much ? €12,720
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