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Cabinet of Wonders

The Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collection

Patrick Mauriès

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The extraordinary collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton, the founder of one of the world’s most famous luxury brands

Overview

A collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883–1970) accumulated thousands of objects over his lifetime. His wide interests and voracious curiosity were intimately bound up with the future of the family business and with travel. In addition to forming his own collection of trunks – his primary motivation and the one he announced publicly – Gaston-Louis’s roving eye lit upon rare antique travel articles, locks, hand tools, perfume bottles, tribal arts, walking sticks, vintage children’s toys, books, hotel labels, printed monograms and other typographical rarities. Together they form a rich personal evocation of curiosités industrielles, or curiosities of the trade, as he liked to call them.

This collection will capture the imagination of anyone inspired by bizarre and eclectic curiosities, or those with an interest in the cultural taste of someone who lived through the height of the Art Deco period – indeed, someone whose life was defined by the rigours and rewards of world travel.

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Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 33.0 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Publication date: 21 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500518991

About the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

John Banville, Stephen Bayley, Alberto Manguel, Delphine Saurat, Pierre Senges