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Modern Decorative Boxes

MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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21st Century Modern Set of 3 Pots Graham Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 3 white and cream ceramic pots Graham with lid handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 3 ceramic pots Graham Di.11 x H.34c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Chaucer Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 2 mint green ceramic pots Chaucer with hand turned beech wood lid and base handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 2 cerami...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Gold Leaf

Clara Box in Brown and Cream by Curatedkravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A square brown and cream decorative resin box featuring a striped pattern of varying thicknesses.       
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Resin

Clara Box in Brown and Cream by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A square brown and cream decorative resin box featuring a striped pattern of varying thicknesses.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Resin

Contemporary Bronze Incense Box or ashtray, Lines by Reda Amalou, 2020
Located in Paris, FR
The bronze incense box or ashtray is designed with a patterned removable top. The motif used here, a repetition of lines and voids, has been developed by Reda Amalou and is used in s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Nuovo Box in Brass by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A handmade angled brass box featuring a matte finish and a contrasting shiny nob.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Contemporary Bronze Ashtray, LINES by Reda Amalou, 2015
Located in Paris, FR
The solid bronze ashtray is designed with a patterned removable top. The motif used here, a repetition of lines and voids, has been developed by Reda Amalou and is used in several pi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Mother of Pearl Decorative Box
Located in New York, NY
Decorative box with hand inlaid mother of pearl shell rectangular tiles.
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Shell

English Modern Smart and Small Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Smart and small sterling silver box. Made by Adie Bros in Birmingham in 1956. Rectangular with curved corners. Cover flat, hinged, and tabbed. Interior cedar lined. Underside leather...
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1950s English Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Mid Century Modern Java & Cream Shagreen Box with Coffee Suede Lined Interior
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern decorative lidded box offers a volumetric rectangular box covered in java and cream hued shagreen- showcasing the inherent natural grain of the mater...
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20th Century Philippine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Shagreen, Suede

Agate Onyx Geode and Wood Round Jewelry or Trinket Box, Brazil, 1990s
Located in New York, NY
A wood and purple agate geode round jewelry or trinket box, circa 1990s, late 20th century, Brazil. A great piece for a desk, vanity, nightstand table area to hold small items or jew...
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Agate, Onyx

Zinc and Calfskin Trash Bin, ERIK GUSTAFSON
Located in New York, NY
Made from a combination of calfskin and zinc, this is a unique edition from Erik Gustafson. Gustafson’s inspiration stems from a love of the history of art, architecture and desig...
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2010s American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Zinc

Chandler Box in Natural Wood by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A square lidded bone box with dot details.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Medium Box in Copper-Plated Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

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Copper

Maxine Box, Light Gray
Located in Woodbury, NY
A decorative faux shagreen lidded box detailed with wood trim on the lid and a brass diamond accent.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Modern Decorative Boxes

Lara Bohinc, Fortress Treasury Box, Blue Ceramic, in Stock
Located in London, GB
Lara Bohinc continues to work with ancient and futuristic forms with new fortress designs, further exploring the complex geometry of this range. The hexagonal shapes interlock and em...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

James Box in Ivory and Black Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and black striped decorative resin and bone box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Bespoke Orange Alligator Backgamoon Chip Set Box
Located in Milan, IT
With a continued desire to push the boundaries of luxury design within the game table industry, IMPATIA unveils a brand new contemporary Backgammon chip set crafted from Mississippie...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Chrome

Tiffany American Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1930. Rectangular with straight sides and curved corners. Cover flat and hinged with molded rim. Box interior cedar ...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Sterling Silver

Serafina Box in Natural Ceramic by Curatedkravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A decorative lidded box featuring an natural colored malachite pattern.       
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

1970s Modernist Box in Lucite and Lacquered Wood
Located in Rome, IT
1970s modernist box in Lucite and lacquered wood.
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

"Quadra" Square Leather Box Designed by Oscar Maschera
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Quadra" is a square leather box, designed and manufactured by Oscar Maschera. Genuine Italian leather vegetable tanned. Colors combination to be chosen from the available range: tan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Leather

Luxury Alligator Billiards Game Set with Chrome & Glass Detailing
Located in Milan, IT
With a continued desire to push the boundaries of luxury design within the game table industry, IMPATIA unveils a brand new contemporary billiards set crafted from Mississippiensis a...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Chrome

Yuma Box in Natural Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A bone box with spike bone details on the lid.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Modernist Java Shagreen Box with Sculptural Bronze Handle by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
This refined and sophisticated modernist box was realized by the celebrated Parisian design firm R&Y Agousti. It features a volumetric circular java shagreen body that opens via a re...
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20th Century French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bronze

21st Century Leather Eyeglasses Box Cover with Mirror Handcrafed in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Combining tradition and modern design to provide an unmistakable flair of luxury and elegance. Our glasses box has a wood base and enough space to store up to eight pairs of glass...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tessellated Stone Boxes by Maitland Smith
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of modernist boxes were realized by the celebrated 20th century design firm Maitland Smith in the Philippines, circa 1980. They feature two cylindrical bodies- one ...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Chaucer Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 2 white ceramic pots Chaucer with hand turned beech wood lid and base handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 2 ceramic pot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood, Ceramic

White Marble Low Cube
Located in Mexico City, MX
Veneciano white marble carved cube. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 addition...
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble

Peoria Box in Natural and Gray Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A lidded gray and natural bone box with a checkerboard pattern on the lid and stripes on the base of the box.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Ghidini 1961 Knotted Cherry Medium Box in Brass by Nika Zupanc
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Fiasco. Guilt. Fear of love. A place to hide all the things we secretly desire yet are too scared to utter. The luscious things the perfect lover knows are never to be told. She drea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Modern Etched Brass Coaster Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern brass coasters are etched with a snakeskin animal pattern and are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. This unique and bespoke coas...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Quartz, Brass

Winslow Box in Natural and Black Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A bone box featuring a contrasting dot pattern.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Guilherme Large Agate Box in Black and Natural Stone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A large decorative black wooden box featuring a gold plated, natural agate slice. Due to the natural material of the agate slice, size, shape and color will vary.
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone

21st Century Modern Set of 3 Pots Graham Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 3 white and grey ceramic pots Graham with lid handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 3 ceramic pots Graham Di.11 x H.34cm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ceramic

Modern Glass Swizzle Stick Bar Set Presented in an Agate Decorated Lucite Box
Located in Bothas Hill, KZN
These modern hand forged glass swizzle sticks have a clear glass stem with zebra striped glass heads. They are presented in a Lucite box decorated with a Rose Quartz Agate cabochon. ...
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2010s South African Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Quartz, Brass

Natural Bone, Coral Trellis Box
Located in New York, NY
Modernist keepsake box featuring natural bone with coral colored resin inlay in a trellis pattern. A great addition to any desk or bookcase. Measure: 5x7.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone, Resin

Small Chest in Quartz
Located in Milan, IT
Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, this splendid small rectangular chest boasts a sophisticated and eclectic allure. Meticulously manufactured, it combines three refined gemstones:...
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2010s Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Quartz

Egidio Broggi, Milano Oversized Silver Plate Swirled Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
An amazing silverplate lidded decorative box by Italian designer Egidio Broggi, Milano. Oversized round shape with a swirled design like a giant meringue. Gold plated inside containe...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Italian Gold Giltwood Box
Located in New York, NY
An Italian gold giltwood box for small items or jewelry on a desk, vanity, nightstand, etc. Box is hand painted and made in Italy by Sezzatini as marked on bottom. Dimensions: 1.88" ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Giltwood

Fannie Box in Ivory and Brown Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and brown decorative bone box featuring a contrasting stripe across the center and top.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Lino Sabattini Silver Plate Geometric Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated silver plate decorative box designed by Lino Sabattini for Sabattini Argenteria. This tall lidded box has an extremely minimalist geometric design and can be displayed ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Pots Burgess Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 2 white ceramic pots Burgess with hand turned beech wood lid and base with necklace and hand painting handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Gree...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass, Metal

Edith Box in Resin by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A black or ivory decorative resin box featuring a raised brass-colored detail on the lid.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Resin

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Boxes Dandara Handcrafted in Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 2 wooden boxes with lid Dandara handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 2 wooden boxes with lid Dandara W.20 x De.20 x H.2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

Contemporary Rocco Egg Box in Antique Copper by Robert Kuo, Limited Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rocco design egg box Antique copper Hand repoussé Contemporary Each piece is individually crafted and is unique. Repoussé is the traditional art of hand-hammering decorative re...
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2010s Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Copper

21st Century Modern Set of 2 Boxes Lanzarote Handcrafted Portugal by Greenapple
Located in Cartaxo, PT
21st century contemporary modern set of 2 wooden boxes with lid Lanzarote handcrafted in Portugal - Europe by Greenapple. Set of 2 wooden boxes with lid Lanzarote W.21 x De.12 x...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Gold Leaf

Hiller Lidded Jar, Small
Located in Woodbury, NY
A small lidded earthenware ceramic jar featuring a seafoam reactive glaze. Due to the handmade nature of this product, glaze variation is to be expected.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Decorative Boxes

Mesa Box in Natural and Brown Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A brown and natural colored bone box with contrasting stripes. Features inlaid gold details.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Modernist Square Lacquered Rectangular Box in Pale Celadon with Tan Accents
Located in New York, NY
This elegant modernist lacquered box offers a square form with a lacquered exterior in a pale celadon hue with tan accents circumscribing each of the exterior edges. The interior of ...
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20th Century Philippine Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Fruitwood, Lacquer

Lottie Box in Ivory and Brown Bone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and brown decorative bone box. Features an all over playful triangular pattern.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Whisper Box Mini w/ Satin Gold Glazed Interior by Nika Zupanc
Located in Milan, IT
Hide items of personal value in the gold interior of this box: jewelry, love tokens and secrets and recall Nika’s credo: “To challenge the rational sober and utilitarian by giving vo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal

White Marble Tall Cube
Located in Mexico City, MX
Veneciano white marble carved cube. Handmade in Mexico by local craftsmen. Production time: 6-8 weeks for items without marble / 13-14 weeks for marble pieces. Shipping +10 additiona...
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2010s Mexican Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble

Contemporary Handmade Rectangular Box "Elaphos" Marble - Brass Handle by Anaktae
Located in Athens, GR
Contemporary, handcrafted, rectangular jewelry box, model "Elaphos" in marble with a deer-shaped handle in cast oxidized brass. Interior suede lining. Variations are available in cus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Marble, Brass

James Box in Ivory and Black Bone by Curatedkravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
An ivory and black striped decorative resin and bone box.      
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bone

Postmodern Marble Box circa 1980
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Postmodern Marble Box circa 1980
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20th Century Italian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone, Marble

Emiliano Small Agate Box in White and Pink Stone by CuratedKravet
Located in Woodbury, NY
A small decorative white wooden box featuring a silver plated, pink agate slice. Due to the natural material of the agate slice, size, shape and color will vary.
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Stone

Sarreid Trompe-L'oeil Gilt Leather Box with Faux El Gato Cigars
Located in New York, NY
Sarreid rare trompe-l'oeil gilt leather box with faux El Gato cigars mounted to the top. The piece was made in India for Sarreid, likely in the 1960's, and remains in great vintage c...
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1960s Indian Vintage Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Leather