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Cigar Cabinet

A work made of oak, cedar and walnut veneers, patinated bronze, and caning.
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  • A work made of oak, cedar and walnut veneers, patinated bronze, and caning.


c. 1867


Made by Charles-Guillaume Diehl (German, active in Paris, 1811-85)
Designed by Jean-Eugene Brandely (French, active 1867–73)
Bronzes modeled by Emmanuel Fremiet (French, 1824–1910)

About this artwork

This cabinet is the work of three artists: a designer, a cabinetmaker and retailer, and a sculptor. The composition balances monumental architectural forms with lively, playful bronzes. Designed as a humidor, it retains its interior drawers for cigars.

The cabinet’s sinister creatures were designed by Emmanuel Frémiet, one of the most sensitive and accomplished animal sculptors of the 19th century. He was a professor of zoological drawing in Paris and excelled at creating lifelike imaginary beasts such as the winged frog on this cabinet. Gothic in spirit, it reflects the fascination with Europe’s medieval past that informed the work of many 19th-century French artists.


On View, Gallery 231


Applied Arts of Europe


Charles–Guillaume Diehl


Cigar Cabinet


Paris (Object made in)

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Oak, cedar and walnut veneers, patinated bronze, and caning


188 × 122 × 47 cm (74 × 48 × 18 1/2 in.)

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Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund; Paul H. Leffman Fund; Mary Swissler Oldberg Acquisition Fund

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