The two-day House & Garden Sale at Mallams in Abingdon, Oxfordshire saw this near pair of early 20th century Louis Vuitton ‘malle armoire secretaires’ sell for £24,000.
The 3ft (90cm) high secretaire was the
ultimate in Edwardian travel accessories. The top of each case
opens to reveal a series of lidded compartments, drawers, a basket
and a writing surface. The brass mounts and locks (numbered
061511and 064378) are all stamped for Louis Vuitton.
In storage for many years, both were in
reasonably good condition when offered on June 17-18. There was
some staining and water damage to the interior lining, general wear
and tear to the handles and exteriors and both were painted with
the initials of the original owner.
Competition for the pair boiled down to a
phone and an internet bidder, with the former winning close to the
top estimate of £25,000.
Louis Vuitton 'steamer' trunks are on
something of a roll at the moment. A single example with unusual
striped canvas sold for £30,000 at
Christie's South Kensington in January.
The buyer's premium at Mallams was