Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk
Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk
Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk

Louis Vuitton Rayée Steamer Trunk

  • This extremely rare Louis Vuitton steamer trunk is covered in the firm's Rayée canvas
  • Rayée is the first pattern Vuitton used on his iconic trunks
  • The brown and beige combination was used from 1876 to 1888
  • To find a Louis Vuitton trunk of this early period in such grand condition is truly spectacular
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Item No. 30-7614
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This outstanding and extremely rare Louis Vuitton steamer trunk is a treasure. Crafted in the firm's flat-top style, this trunk boasts the Rayée ("Stripped") canvas. Beautifully preserved, the trunk features all original hardware and is adorned with a variety of period travel stickers from all over the world, a sure indication of this trunk’s well-traveled past. Inside, the linen lining is in excellent condition, complete with a ribbon-hatched lid and features Vuitton’s rare, and highly desirable, striped trunk label on its interior, with the serial number 14378 written in pencil. Rayée trunks are extremely rare as the canvas often proved too delicate for the rigors of travel. Louis Vuitton is considered the world’s first luxury company, and its luggage and leather goods set the standard by which all others are measured. To find a period trunk by this company, in such excellent condition, attests to the superior quality of its craftsmanship.

The Rayée trunks were produced by Vuitton from 1872 to 1888 and were the earliest of Louis Vuitton's patterned trunks. The red-and-white pattern was joined in 1876 by the brown-and-beige variation seen in the present example. This striped design was created to replace Vuitton’s famed Trianon flat-topped trunk. The Trianon had attracted many imitators thanks to its innovative design, so this new canvas pattern was used to distinguish Vuitton’s superior construction from all others. The distinctively striped canvas was used until the introduction of the Damier canvas in 1888.

The most famous and valuable trunks were made by the Louis Vuitton company. Renowned across the globe as the first premier luxury goods purveyor, Louis Vuitton first opened his doors in 1854. Among Vuitton’s first customers was the Empress Eugénie. His trunks were always impeccably crafted, with the finest leather, canvas and brass trim. Vuitton first made his mark with the creation of the flat-top steamer trunk and the wardrobe trunk. Flat-top trunks, called Trianon trunks by Vuitton, made cargo packing and stacking much easier, unlike earlier rounded-top trunks. Thanks to the leather-lined compartments and hangers of the wardrobe trunks, travelers could pack delicate clothing without fear of damage in transit. To own such a trunk during the late 19th and early 20th century meant that one was able to travel abroad, something only the most affluent individuals did, and subsequently, many other designers began to imitate this design. The Rayée trunk was Vuitton’s first attempt to prevent this copying. A master of marketing, Vuitton passed his attention to detail on to his son Georges, who created the iconic LV logo in 1896 after his father’s death, ostensibly the very first designer logo intended to prevent counterfeiting.

Circa 1885

32" wide x 19" deep x 21" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:France
Type:Miscellaneous
Width:32 Inches
Height:21 Inches
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