Figural Humidors, Mostly Victorian by: Joseph Horowitz
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This highly illustrated review is the first authoritative work to reveal the variety and scope of almost every latter XIXth century man's chairside companion, his pipe tobacco storage container. Aside from basically boxy and cylindrical forms, an astounding range of figures from modest terra-cotta heads to elegant porcelain figures were created to suit every taste and purse. These figures are the subject of this book.
The 950 plus jars illustrated in full color were photographed by the author from twenty-five private collections in the United States, England and Wales and the European continent. Many were created in different sizes and colors and these variations are noted.
Tobacco jar evaluation is important and the author has defined the elements which make a figural desirable and valuable. There is a detailed appendix which grades jars in terms of relative scarcity and availability and relative value.
Research was carried out the Scholes Library of the School of Ceramics at Alfred University, the Sterling Library at Yale University, The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The outstanding collection at the Austrian Tobacco Museum was made available for my review.
This book should be of significant value to those interested in ceramics, collectors of tobacco jars and antique tobacciana, antique dealers and to social historians of the Victorian era.
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- Height: 11.38 inches
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