Art Deco Trunks

From vintage antiques to modern reproductions, Art Deco trunks serve many functions. Originally used as traveling wardrobes for train and ship travel, designs as varied as the people who popularized them exist. Whether used in the home or for their original purpose, they define art and style.

Art Deco influenced architecture, industrial and graphic design, home décor, photography, art, fashion and film from the 1920s through the 1940s all over the world. Its influence continues. One of the period’s most celebrated gifts is its travel trunks.

There is a tremendous range of art deco trunks and art deco chests available to buy, simply browse through the selection displayed below.

Pair Of Mid Century Modern Art Deco Black Laquered Bachelor Chests
Pair Of Mid Century Modern Art Deco Black Laquered Bachelor Chests
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SPECTACULAR ART DECO PERIOD INLAID BEDROOM SUITE W LINNEN CHEST
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Vtg Art Deco Wood Wooden Standing Sewing Box Chest Cabinet  Supplies Novelties
Vtg Art Deco Wood Wooden Standing Sewing Box Chest Cabinet Supplies Novelties
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Vintage Bassett Art Deco Bedroom Dresser Chest
Vintage Bassett Art Deco Bedroom Dresser Chest
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LOT 4 CHROME NICKEL VINTAGE ART DECO STYLE ICE BOX CHEST HINGES
LOT 4 CHROME NICKEL VINTAGE ART DECO STYLE ICE BOX CHEST HINGES
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ART DECO ITALIAN CARVED MARBLE FRAMED JEWELRY TRINKET BOX CHEST CASKET LION PAWS
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Art Deco Burr Walnut Cabinet Chest 1920
Art Deco Burr Walnut Cabinet Chest 1920
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Walnut Art Deco Bedside Chests Cabinets Nightstands
Walnut Art Deco Bedside Chests Cabinets Nightstands
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Art Deco Rosewood Chiffonier Linen Press Chest of Drawers Heal
Art Deco Rosewood Chiffonier Linen Press Chest of Drawers Heal
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Vintage Art Deco Reverse Painted Wood Glass Mirror Jewelry Box Chest Courting
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The “lingerie trunk” resembled today’s modern luggage. More lightweight than Steamer trunks and wardrobes of the day, they feature tray inserts that reveal more storage when removed. A set stacked in a corner can hold your scarves, hats, or lingerie. Original travel stickers naming shipping or train lines, departure and destination cities often adorn these vintage trunks. Stack a set next to your bed; top it with a vintage lamp for a chic bedside table.

Steamer trunks, (aka traveling closets, or wardrobes) were designed for ocean voyages or cross-country train travel. Truly meant to be closets while traveling, they feature hardy nickel or brass reinforcements on corners, cloth fronted drawers, a mix of shoe box, hangers, rod, and fabric dust covers, even a drop down ironing board. Some contain cedar drawers making them weighty.

Designed to stand on end for packing or open while traveling, some steamers have hinged tops providing accessibility to hanging clothes.

These trunks and chests all function beautifully to display vintage bar-ware or as closets in small apartments. Solid in structure, they make perfect window seats, funky coffee tables, or stand one on end in the entry, modern light fixture atop it. No matter how you choose to use your art deco trunk or your art deco chest, this functional art is meant to be seen.

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