STEAMER TRUNK POSSIBLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
with an interior linen-lined organizing tray
printed canvas, beech, brass, leather, linen
stenciled LCT on both sides of the trunk
escutcheon impressed with serial number 021826
brass elements impressed with firm's marks
with firm's label printed with the firm's Paris and London addresses
the trunk exterior with numerous paper labels
13¼ x 36 x 21½ in. (33.7 x 91.4 x 54.6 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The surfaces throughout with wear, surface scratches, abrasions, and minor discolorations, consistent with age and use. The wood surfaces with wear and some edge losses. The leather with some cracking consistent with age. The front of the trunk with a loss to one of the small leather straps just below the escutcheon. The exterior of the trunk with numerous paper labels, some which have been torn and/or partially lost. The interior of the lid with some breaks to the ribbon. The interior tray and compartments with some wear, surface soiling and scattered discolorations throughout.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Private Collection, New Jersey
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1970s
The present trunk was purchased from a New Jersey estate in the 1970s, possibly from the former home of Joseph Briggs, the head of Tiffany Studios' mosaic department and personal friend of Louis Comfort Tiffany. According to the Louis Vuitton archive, the trunk's serial number indicates it was produced around 1907. In addition to the two L C T monograms stenciled on each end, the trunk bears many paper labels from various voyages. One such label references Oyster Bay, New York, nearby to Tiffany's residence at Laurelton Hall. Though it is undocumented, the circumstantial evidence surrounding the present trunk supports the theory that it once belonged to Louis Comfort Tiffany and accompanied him on his travels around the globe.