Restoration workshop of old trunk

The Malle2luxe workshop perpetuates a know-how in luxury luggage.

Restoration of an old luxury trunk

Cabine trunk zinc Louis Vuitton no restored
Cabine trunk zinc 1885 Louis Vuitton no restored

 

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.

 

 

Cleaning brass and zincs on a Louis Vuitton trunk from 1889
Cleaning brass and zincs on a Louis Vuitton trunk from 1889

The verb to restore means:

  • Restore in its original state or in its original form.
  • Repair, renovate, restore in good condition (a work of art, a monument) respecting the primitive state, the style.
  • Action to conserve, maintain intact or in the same state.

Restore means therefore as well:

  • Light work

Like a simple dedusting or polishing brasses.

  • Heavy work

Replacement of wood, replacement of destroyed brass piece or repair of old restoration.

Will our Louis Vuitton trunk be worth more if it is restored?

cleaning aéro trunk Louis Vuitton 1914
cleaning aéro trunk Louis Vuitton 1914

 

The answer is of course YES but under certain conditions.The main ones being:

 

  • That the canvas is of unglazed origin, neither waxed nor repainted
  • That the brasses are not brushed (or polished brushed)
  • That the leathers are in perfect condition.
  • That the restoration is perfectly executed respecting the rules of art, inside and outside.

 

Otherwise it will have the opposite effect. A bad restoration is detrimental to the value of a trunk.

 

Now, if the question is:

 

Will I earn more money by restoring my trunk in order to sell it?

trunk collection museum Louis Vuitton Goyard and moynat

 

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.

Dilapidated objects

ruin trunk vuitton

 

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!

Restore to preserve heritage

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in its own juice
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in its own juice

 

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.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL - 1955
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL - 1955

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.

rolex 1675 GMT - 1972
rolex 1675 GMT - 1972

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.

 

Restoration of works in museums

To preserve the heritage

 

The most beautiful objects in the world have all been restored, whatever their time:

  • Restoration of masks all Tutankhamun (-1345 to -1327 BC). Discovered in 1922.

Egyptian Museum of Cairo

Restoration of masks all Tutankhamun (-1345 to -1327 BC). Discovered in 1922.
Restoration of the statue of the Victory of Samothrace - 190 BC. Louvre Museum

 

  • Restoration of the statue of the Victory of Samothrace - 190 BC.

Louvre Museum

Restoration of the painting of The Virgin, the baby Jesus of Saint Anne of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 to 1512). Painted in 1501. Louvre Museum
  • Restoration of the painting of The Virgin, the baby Jesus of Saint Anne of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 to 1512). Painted in 1501.

Louvre Museum

ation of a silver jug enhanced with gold (China, circa 1680-1685) Which was offered to Louis XIV in 1686
  • Restoration of a silver jug enhanced with gold (China, circa 1680-1685)

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:

 

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:

 

cabine trunk vuitton old 1912
  • Find the finishes of the shiny brass of yesteryear without brushing.
  • Clean to find the brightness of the canvas without repainting.
Explorer FULL trunk in aluminum Louis Vuitton 1892

 

Explorer FULL trunk in aluminum Louis Vuitton 1892

Discover the incredible conservation work in our workshops of this trunk.

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Louis Vuitton Brass and Brass Post Trunk from 1889

 

Louis Vuitton Brass and zinc Trunk from 1889

Cleaning and restoration in our workshops.

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Conclusion :

Place Vendome Paris photo in black and white around 1930
Place Vendome Paris photo in black and white around 1930

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.

Like a window on the story trunk Louis Vuitton Paris by malle2luxe
  • What would the Tutankhamen mask look like?
  • The victory of sanded Samothrace?
  • The virgin, the baby Jesus of St. Anne of Leonardo da Vinci repainted?

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.


The Malle2luxe workshop perpetuates know-how in luxury luggage.

Louis Vuitton - Goyard - Moynat

 

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:

  • The meticulousness and patience to clean and restore the old canvases.
  • Carpentry for woodworking and construction of beech structures and laths
  • Cabinetmaking for wood preparation, and finishing.
  • Saddlery for the production of hand-stitched leather products.
  • Leather goods for the manufacture and repair of small leather goods.
  • La Cordonnerie for the cleaning and patina of leathers.
  • The Boilermaker & Locksmith for the adjustment of the closures and repair of hardware.
  • The polisher on metals to sublimate the precious brass.
  • The tapestry for the linings of interior linen and realization of the capons of lid.

 Promote the French know-how, and find the original appearance of the trunk before his last trip.


A full report of a luxury trunk restoration

Artisans du Patrimoine - Know-how of yesteryear

 

 Give a future to the past

 

Read and discover our reportage

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.

vernish Louis vuitton trunk

Louis Vuitton Wardrobe

Restoration of a varnished canvas

 


orange cabine trunk louis vuitton

Cabine trunk orange Louis Vuitton

Restoration of a curled and very dirty canvas.

 

zinc trunk louis vuitton

Louis Vuitton zinc trunk

Restoring a legendary trunk

 


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Open a Louis Vuitton lock

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Trunk hat louis vuitton orange

Louis Vuitton hat trunk

Gentle cleaning

 


mail repainted trunk louis vuitton
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Louis Vuitton toolbox for auto

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