French, 20th century. A Louis Vuitton suitcase with a monogram canvas exterior, leather and brass-bound (all rivets and hardware are marked), opens to fitted interior with removable tray, labeled on interior lid with stamped serial number 773450 and outer lock stamped 084079, exterior retains multiple vintage travel labels; ht. 8.75, wd. 29.75, dp. 18 in.
The suitcase belonged to John E. Mersdorff III. Originally from Madison, IN, Mersdorff earned a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, and moved to New York City. In New York he befriended the noted American muralist, illustrator, and author, Ernest Peixotto, and his wife, the artist Mary Hutchinson Peixotto. He became a close confident to the Peixottos and eventually was the heir to their estate. Peixotto traveled frequently, as is evidenced by the many labels still present on his luggage, and had a life-long interest in art, architecture, and history. Mersdorff left the bulk of his estate to Historic Madison, Inc. to support its mission to preserve Madison's nationally significant historic architecture.
Provenance:Property sold to benefit Historic Madison, Inc., Madison, IN
Wear consistent with use and age. Smoke-free.
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