Beautiful Jugendstil lidded box or humidor, in brass and inlaid burl wood.
Unsigned, but attributed to Erhard & Sohne, the German company known for such intricate and beautiful secessionist works. These inlaid boxes are rarely signed by the maker.
It measures roughly 5 1/4" high and is 7" in diameter.
The box appears to be a humidor, as the lid fights so snugly.
It is decorated with scrolling designs in brass, typical of the elegant and sophisticated motifs of the Secessionist era in Europe, especially Germany and Austria. The wood inlay is all burl, which gives a rich and textured appearance, a beautiful contrast to the metal work.
Erhard & Sohne began production in 1884 in Germany, and their initial works were high quality metal utilitarian objects, and they frequently utilized very deep repousse designs and fire gilding. Their boxes of all types are highly collectable, with the inlay pieces being the most sought after.
The shape of this humidor is lovely, the stepped and canted base enhancing the body, with a nicely domed lid and finail of wood and brass.
Very good condition, there is a very slight dent in the bottom rim, but does not affect the inlay. On the lid there is a slight fissure near the finial, visible in one of the photos. The finial is a bit crooked, and shows a slight crack in one of the wood sections, also visible in photos. As this is an antique item, signs of wear and usage are to be expected, and we have described such conditions here.
A wonderful form and size, a must have for the collector of these wares or of unusual humidors.
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