Louis Vuitton ‘Malle Fleurs’ (Flower Trunk)
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An exceptionally rare 1920s ‘Malle Fleurs’ (Flower Trunk), a miniature version of the classic courier trunk, covered in L. V. Monogramme hand-stencilled paper ‘canvas’ with miniature leather handles and brass corners, locks and latches, the lock plate signed ‘LOUIS VUITTON’, the interior lined with original marbled lining paper, and the base with struts stamped ‘LOUIS VUITTON’, highly unusual in this type of model. This is a particularly good example in extraordinarily fine and original condition, and is made special by the presence of brass corners on all sides, indicating a bespoke request. French, circa 1920s.
Length: 11 inches (28 cm)
Depth: 5½ inches (14 cm)
Height: 4½ inches (12 cm).
The ‘Malle Fleurs’ model of a miniature trunk was usually offered as a gift to wives or companions of Vuitton clients. Some contained a zinc liner and plants, and could be returned to Vuitton to be fitted as cigarette or jewellery boxes. They are constructed of papier maché and are therefore largely un-restorable if damaged – the survival rate of examples in good condition is consequently very low, explaining their rarity and high value today.
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