This is a magnificent antique Victorian burr walnut and boulle serpentine humidor, circa 1870 in date.
This splendid humidor is inlaid with exquisite bands of boulle cut brass strapwork, gilt cartouches and elegant mother of pearl motifs.
The hinged serpentine top reveals a delightful fitted interior for your cigars. The interior comprises of four sliding trays which can house up to 48 cigars and a drawer which can be used to store your cutting tools and matches.
It stands on four bun feet and has a fully working lock and key.
This humidor has a very stylish and timeless design which will make any cigar connoisseur happy.
In excellent condition, having been cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 21 x Width 27.5 x Depth 18.5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8.3 x Width 10.8 x Depth 7.3
Humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity that is used to store cigars, cigarettes, orpipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops may have walk-in humidors.
Humidors can be used to store other goods for which a certain level of humidity is desirable; the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team stores game balls in a large humidor at their home stadium, Coors Field, to counteract the effects of Denver’s high altitude and generally low humidity. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels.
Classification of humidors
Walk-in humidor – most common in cigar bars or stores. One room is built as or converted to a humidor where all the cigars are stored.
Cabinet humidor – usually placed on the floor as a piece of furniture. Typically holds 1000-5000 cigars.
Table humidor – often quite heavy, though portable in theory, it’s usually kept in one location. Capacity ranges from three hundred to a few thousand cigars. It usually comes with a polished wood exterior, marble, leather or combination of exotic elements, and glass top.
Personal humidor – semi-regular cigar smokers will sometimes keep a small humidor in their homes for personal storage, special events, or aesthetic characteristics of the humidor itself . Usually contains 20-75 cigars. This may also be known as a “Desktop Humidor”.
Travel humidor – portable and made for carrying cigars enough for the outing or event, usually 2 to 10 cigars.
(1642 – 1732) was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).
Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid panelling and the marquetry furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle’s drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.
also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer; it is also what makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent. The outer layer of pearls and the inside layer of pearl oyster and freshwater pearl mussel shells are made of nacre.
Both black and white nacre are and were used for design purposes. They were used as decorative motif used in cabinet making or silversmithing. The natural nacre may be artificially tinted to almost any colour. Nacre tesserae may be cut into shapes and laminated to a ceramic tile or marble base. The tesserae are hand-placed and closely sandwiched together, creating an irregular mosaic or pattern (such as a weave). The laminated material is typically about 2 mm thick. The tesserae are then lacquered and polished creating a durable and glossy surface.
Our reference: 09610