Russian Metal Artworks

A box for cigarettes or cigars, with key

    A box for cigarettes or cigars, with key

    Russian Empire, Moscow

    Early 20th century

    Paper, brass, wood, cabochon; presswork, collage

    8.5 x 29.0 x 14.4 cm


    Wooden rectangular box with hinged lid and drawback lock. The box front and sidewalls, as well as the corners, are decorated with brass onlays with the image of zoomorphic and foliage-geometric ornaments, complemented by turquoise cabochon inserts on the lid. Collage comprised from banknotes of state credit notes of 5, 10 and 100 rubles value and a smoldering cigar is on the hinged lid.
    The key is in the set.