A Profusely Inlaid Moorish Cigar Box


Origin: Moorish
Period: Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900-1930
Height: 2 inches
Depth: 6 inches
Width: 9.5 inches

The rectangular cigar box inlaid intricately with mother of pearl, ebony and a variety of soft and fruit woods featuring the arabesque mosaic star. There is further inlaid decoration to the inner lid, the interior with a raised border, designed to hold layers of cigars.

The condition is very good, with 95% of the inlay still in tact.

‘Moorish” is a term first coined in the nineteenth century to describe Islamic North Africans, typically Arabs and Berbers, and while the term now has little ethnographic use, it is used to describe the Islamic influence on art and architecture found in North Africa, southern Spain, and Portugal. Typical elements of Middle Eastern design seen in this table include the arabesque star, the almost calligraphic brass inlay, and the architectural style sides.

Displaying a huge amount of skill and craftsmanship this box befits the finest cigar.