When we were given this Louis Vuitton trunk from the United States, the visual shock was great. A thick shiny coat of varnish covered the canvas. Unfortunately, many Louis Vuitton luxury trunks from this provenance were varnished during their lifetime. This damage, banned in the world of collector's trunks , is detrimental to the value of the luggage and distorts the trunk and its history by preventing any restoration.
It is practically impossible to remove varnish without attacking the stencil of the canvas, so old and fragile. There are a multitude of types of varnish, water-based, polyurethane-based, polyester-based ...
So many products that must be mastered . Most varnishes are not reversible, so it will be impossible to remove them without damaging the original support. But in our case after several dozen attempts we managed to remove 98% of the varnish from this trunk! This wardrobe trunk is one of the largest Louis Vuitton luggage, its exterior surface area is nearly 3 m2.
It took us several long days to get it all out. Under the varnish was trapped dirt and pollution , which we also had to remove. After cleaning the canvas the result was incredible : a canvas in perfect condition , a Louis Vuitton Mark 5 canvas, often very dull, this one was brilliant.
Count Curt haugwitz hardenberg reventlow (1895/1969)
Born in Berlin in 1895, he is the 3rd of a sibling and grew up in Denmark. He studies in Vienna.
Officer of the Prussian Kaiser's personal guard regiment, Bodyguards, Potsdam, in Berlin.
After the butter he travels through Europe. The first Rolls Royce in Denmark, he was considered the most beautiful man in Europe in 1930. He married Barbara Hutton, Woolworth's heiress. He died in New York in 1969.
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