Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Cigarette case

    Cigarette case

    France, Paris


    Linzeler-Marchak firm

    Silver, mother of pearl; glazed enamel, gilding, mosaic

    8.1 x 4.6 x 0.9 cm

    Marks: "Ste LINZELER. MARCHAK"; "hure"; №№ "1754"; "4258"


    Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded corners, consists of two equal parts, connected by a hinge, with a silver knob on the snap shutter. The cigarette case surface is covered with orange-red enamel. A landscape panel in the Art Deco style made of mother-of-pearl plates in rectangular frames is on the top hinged lid. A flap-holder for cigarettes is inside the cigarette case. The authorship of such mother-of-pearl panels is attributed to the Russian artist Vladimir Makovsky (1884-1966), who settled in Paris and specialized in creating varnishes and mosaics made of ornamental stones. In particular, similar mother-of-pearl panels in the Art Deco style, V. Makovsky created for the jewelry company Cartier. The talented French jeweler Robert Linzeler (1872-1941) and Alexander Marchak (1892-1975), the son of the famous Russian jeweler Joseph Marshak, founded “Linzeler-Marchak” in 1922. It is noteworthy that along with such large jewellery companies as Cartie, Louis Aucoc, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Dusausoy, Fouguet, Lacloche, Mauboussin, firm Linzeler-Marchak was invited to take part in the International Exhibition of Contemporary Decorative Arts and Art Industry in 1925 (Paris), where its boxes with precious stones inserts won the Grand Prix. However, soon after the triumphant exhibition, the partnership between A. Marshak and R. Linzeler disintegrated. The part of the firm Linzeler-Marchak that belonged to Linzeler, was bought by Andre and Pierre Vever, owners of the famous jewelry House of Vever.