Objects relating to tobacco and opium inspired collectors and smokers who were passionate about antiques. Full of historical significance, these objects attest to an art de vivre and were synonymous with pleasure, mystery, and forbidden practices. The finest pieces date from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
There are humidors, snuffboxes, tobacco jars, flintlock lighters, tobacco shredders, opium chatelaines, opium lamps, smokers’ tables and pipes, and so on. From Christophe Columbus’s discovery of tobacco to the present day, these collectible objects of curiosity delight lovers of refinement and authenticity. Made in meerschaum, amber, porcelain, heather, or white glass, the objects designed for smokers became increasingly inventive to skilfully combine aesthetic appeal and functionality.