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    PROJECTS

    An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

    Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

    Project Type

    Conservation


    Department

    Decorative Arts


    HISTORY OF THE PIECE

    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. 

    About the restoration

    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. 

    Restoration projects

    • An antique carousel horse is restored

      This antique carousel horse was brought to Trefler’s as part of a larger fire claim which included an incredible private collection of fine and decorative artworks. The capabilities of our full-service studio, coupled with the trained hands of our skilled restorers, allowed our team to address damage to the wide array of objects, antiques and artworks that were affected by this unanticipated and unfortunate event.

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    • Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

      This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women.

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    • A Sentimental Armoire Gets An Update

      This piece was incredibly sentimental to its owner, however its original finish was heavy and no longer suited its contemporary surroundings. With the ambition to give this armoire a new aesthetic, Trefler’s furniture department worked extensively with the client to create a custom finish that would re-imagine the piece of furniture by simply refinishing it.

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    • A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

      This dollhouse was originally played with by Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, who would later come to design the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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    • Original Boston Garden Benches are Given a Custom Base

      This historic artifact was once part of the Boston Garden, and was later acquired by a private collector through a local fundraiser. With hopes of preserving the history of the benches, while also restoring their function, their new owner enlisted Trefler’s team to ensure these benches could be appreciated for years to come.

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    • An Asian Figurine is Put Back Together

      This antique Asian figurine came to Trefler’s in several pieces after taking a fall. Our Decorative Arts Department securely re-attached the figure’s head and shoe. Filling and sanding of the fractured areas was required in order to ensure a smooth surface texture. Finally, the affected areas were painted and color matched to the original glazing, restoring it to its former self.

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    • An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

      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!

      Read On