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Cabinet of Wonders

The Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collection

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Representing the third generation of Vuittons, Gaston-Louis's wide interests and voracious curiosity were intimately bound with the future of the family business. A collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883-1970) accumulated hundreds of objects over his lifetime. In addition to forming a collection of trunks - his first motivation and the one he announced publicly - his roving eye lit upon rare antique travel articles, locks and escutcheons, hand tools, perfume bottles, African masks, walking canes, vintage children's toys, books, hotel labels (usually fixed on customers' trunks), printed monograms and other typographical rarities. Together they form a rich personal evocation of curiosites industrielles, or quirks of the trade, as Gaston-Louis liked to call them. He described himself as an 'unrepentant collector', delighted by the 'joy of the treasure hunter, the toil of the collector, [...] an inexhaustible source of inspiration'. This is a collection that will capture the imagination of anyone inspired by bizarre and eclectic curiosities, or those with an interest in the cultural taste and interests of someone who lived through the height of the Art Deco period - indeed, someone whose life was defined by the rigours and the rewards of world travel. It exhibits the highest design and production values for discerning international voyagers in search of the sources of luxury creativity. Representing the third generation of Vuittons, Gaston-Louis's wide interests and voracious curiosity were intimately bound with the future of the family business. A collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883-1970) accumulated hundreds of objects over his lifetime. In addition to forming a collection of trunks - his first motivation and the one he announced publicly - his roving eye lit upon rare antique travel articles, locks and escutcheons, hand tools, perfume bottles, African masks, walking canes, vintage children's toys, books, hotel labels (usually fixed on customers' trunks), printed monograms and other typographical rarities. Together they form a rich personal evocation of curiosites industrielles, or quirks of the trade, as Gaston-Louis liked to call them. He described himself as an 'unrepentant collector', delighted by the 'joy of the treasure hunter, the toil of the collector, [...] an inexhaustible source of inspiration'. This is a collection that will capture the imagination of anyone inspired by bizarre and eclectic curiosities, or those with an interest in the cultural taste and interests of someone who lived through the height of the Art Deco period - indeed, someone whose life was defined by the rigours and the rewards of world travel. It exhibits the highest design and production values for discerning international voyagers in search of the sources of luxury creativity.

Product code: 9780500518991

ISBN 9780500518991
Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd
No. Of Pages 312
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H330xW245
On Sale Date 13/10/2017
The extraordinary personal collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton, the founder of the world's most famous luxury brand.