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Very rare all-leather Hermès Fréres wardrobe

A fine and exceptionally rare all leather wardrobe trunk made in 1922 by Hermès Fréres (as it was then known). The slightly dome-topped trunk comprising hanging space with original hangers out of three levels, six drawers all with recessed brass ‘military’ handles and the a flip-top, with leather carrying handles to the sides and the top. Signed: Hermès Fréres, Paris. French, 1922.

Height: 47 inches (120 cms)
Width: 25 inches (64 cms)
Depth: 22 inches (56 cms)

The legendary Parisian company re-named itself Hermès Fréres in the early 1900s. Émile Maurice Hermès was appointed saddler of the Czar of Russia, and by the 1920s was the sole proprietor. In 1922 he designed and introduced the first Hermès handbags, and offered clients bespoke pieces such as this spectacular trunk.

It was acquired by a young Texan heiress on her honeymoon in Paris, and was, according to her grand-daughter, used only once to transport some of her honeymoon couture acquisitions back home to Texas. The trunk has never travelled again, until we acquired it. It is a spectacular piece of museum-quality, and is in remarkable original condition. Without doubt, one of the finest trunks we have ever owned. This Hermès all-leather ‘Malle Armoire’ represents a unique and important opportunity.

Price Code: £££££

Reference: 5480

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