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Twin Devil Cigar Match Holder, French 1880’s

product code: devilmatch

£1,175.00

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In the nineteenth century, phosphorous matches were called lucifers, because of the sulphurous smell they produced when lit; this association extended to match holders, as well. This bronze twin devil match holder is a visually stunning embodiment of a time when simple utilitarian objects told stories. Did the sculptor see the poetic side of the name's origin or did he actually believe that Hell smelled like a lit match? A rare and fascinating piece. Condition: excellent. Dimensions: length 260 x width 135 x height 170 mm.

 

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