Humidor, c. 1915

Unlike the standard rectangular wooden boxes that keep cigars at the right humidity, Joseph Heinrichs’s humidor puts form before function. Eclectic decoration disguises its cigar-holding purpose. The bone handle, wire-wrapped arrowhead ornaments, and riveted silver—romanticizing Native American culture and the American frontier—give it a handcrafted look. Made for sale in New York, it may have been intended as a bit of the American West for wealthy city dwellers.

Details
Title
Humidor
Artist Life
New York, 1892–c.1962
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.24a,b
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.