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The iconic Louis Vuitton Trunk, or “malle” in French, was first introduced in 1858 by Louis Vuitton himself. The unique design featured a flat top that enabled it to be easily stacked and transported. This improved design soon gained widespread popularity across Europe. As competitors began to produce imitations, Louis Vuitton decided to set his apart with recognizable striped and checked canvas siding.
The Monogram Canvas, as seen here, was first created in 1896, when George Vuitton took over his father’s business. In effort to create an even more iconic brand, the monogram LV, as well as the brand’s symbols; a graphic flower and quatrefoil, were printed on the trunk.
This Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk came to Trefler’s for minor conservation and cleaning. It was presented with its original paper tags and stickers. During its lifetime, its various owners made sure to take the right measures to preserve this artifact. Despite this, it still required some care and attention to help keep it in tip-top shape!
Our Decorative Arts Department took great care in cleaning the exterior. Adhesive residue from stickers that had been removed decades earlier was successfully cleaned, all while keeping surrounding stickers intact and untouched.
Other small repairs included toning the exterior wood details, cleaning metal hardware and conditioning the trunk’s leather handles and trim. Additionally, the interior base of the trunk was relined with book cloth, where the original lining was unsalvageable.