This is a conversation that we have several times a week with novices or amateurs on the importance of restoring a trunk or not.Some tracks to be fully aware of a topic rarely discussed.
This article will help you to see more clearly.
When we speak of "restoration" many think to redo again!You have to know how to qualify.
The verb to restore means:
Restore means therefore as well:
Like a simple dedusting or polishing brasses.
Replacement of wood, replacement of destroyed brass piece or repair of old restoration.
The answer is of course YES but under certain conditions.The main ones being:
Otherwise it will have the opposite effect. A bad restoration is detrimental to the value of a trunk.
Now, if the question is:
The answer is NO , except for very rare models.
The price of a restoration is very important and it will be easier to sell the trunk cheaper as is more expensive taking into account the price of the restoration.
In addition, a good sale can only be done by a specialized professional with a network of customers interested in this kind of articles in order to get the best price.
Even if these objects are old, even if they have a certain charm to look like a ruin , as the end of a prosperous period, a bygone time. The more the object is degraded the more it becomes mysterious, and the imaginary takes over reality.
For a collector, a museum, a heritage institution it is inconceivable to possess a precious object, luxury, damaged by an inadequate restoration, dirty and dilapidated and therefore not in conformity with the origin!
The wreck of an old car is dreamy.
But any collector loves clean, healthy cars where the chrome is not stung by rust rather than a wrecked car in its juice.
In a collective imagination the restoration is harmful. Whereas if it is well conducted it can sublimate the objects of the past.
And against any widespread idea restoration is essential for conservation by stopping degradation.
Restoration is a taboo subject. As if the unrestored object was virgin and pure, as if the dust and dirt were purer and more authentic. While the dust degrades the pigments and the oxidation further degrades the conservation of the object. As if restoring it undermined his identity.
In museums, each object has been restored to its original state.
We do not try to have a replica more beautiful than the origin, or a new object brought up to date with the finishes or color to the world today.
For example, the brushed finish today is much more to the world than the glossy, but it will not do justice to these objects and their history, only to distort them and follow fashion to be appreciated by a wider audience. public.
Restoration consists in recovering the aesthetics of the object in the state in which it would have been if it had been kept in ideal conditions (protected from dust, moisture ...) and let a heritage for future generations.
The most beautiful objects in the world have all been restored, whatever their time:
Egyptian Museum of Cairo
Which was offered to Louis XIV in 1686
before and after his restoration patronage of the LVMH group.
Castle of Versailles
We restore our luxury trunks for museums and collectors in the same perspective, do not distort, clean alterations of time to preserve and transmit the history of French know-how to future generations:
Explorer FULL trunk in aluminum Louis Vuitton 1892
Discover the incredible conservation work in our workshops of this trunk.
Louis Vuitton Brass and zinc Trunk from 1889
Cleaning and restoration in our workshops.
The fantasy of the object in perfect state of preservation having not undergone any restoration is indeed a legend.
Trunks restored in perfect condition are more sought after and are therefore better than the one in their "juices".
The myth that a trunk in "its juice" is more rare and more sought after by collectors is maintained by many merchants.
For economic reasons alone they do not restore their trunks and offer trunks in their "juice" by making the customer believe that they have more value because no one has touched. Other traders entrust work to "do-it-yourselfers" who botch work and destroy heritage.
Similarly breasts are poorly restored by ignorance of techniques and not for the sake of keeping some charm to an old trunk.
Restoration is a profession in its own right, subtle, requiring extremely sophisticated learning, knowledge and skills that can not be improvised.
Malle2Luxe is committed for many years to the conservation, restoration and sale of trunks collection respecting the rules of art and know-howof French crafts .
Our requirement is find the original appearanceof the trunk before his last trip .
Like a window on the story.
Sometimes time marks damage our beloved trunks, some parts may be broken during their travels.
And years later we continue the same gestures to revive his objects.
The work of the malletier restorer requires a perfect mastery of a wide range of skills:
Promote the French know-how, and find the original appearance of the trunk before his last trip.
Give a future to the past
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We pay great attention to restoring the trunks and suitcases Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Moynat.
By remaining the most faithful to the original, both by the materials used and by the implementation.
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