Louis Vuitton Malle Courrier pour homme, Paris, early 20th century


Louis Vuitton trunk dating back to the early 20th century, restored to its original condition. It is a Malle Courrier, i.e. a travel trunk designed to be placed in the carriages and holds of ocean liners, most of the time respecting standard dimensions to meet the needs related to handling and storage.

Internally it can be equipped with one or more compartments, organized to meet the different needs of travellers, whether for men or women.
Upholstered in Monogram tissè canvas, a fabric characterized by rosette and monogram (“LV”) motifs, invented in 1896 by Georges Vuitton, son of Louis. The hardware is in brass, the locks and nails are branded, the finishes in leather and wood.

The initials “I. E. G.”, placed on both short sides, provide information regarding the first owner; the customization is completed by the presence of various labels, evidence of the numerous journeys made by the trunk and its owners. Interior lined with canvas, satin lining with ecru ribbons placed under the lid, two stackable container compartments, and original label imprinted directly on the canvas.

Louis Vuitton trunks, iconic pieces of furniture and collectibles, are still resistant and waterproof today, examples of great craftsmanship.

Dimensions: 54 x 75 x 44cm.
CODE: ABVI1A0208890


– Pierre Lèonforte, Éric Pujalet Plaà, 100 legendary trunks – Louis Vuitton, Abrams, New York, 2010.

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