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A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue (Hardback)
  • A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue (Hardback)

A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 23/09/2015
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The book offers an unprecedented look at cigarette holders through a selection of approximately 125 pieces from the collection of Carolyn Hsu-Balcer. Its introductory essay is both a social history of that world-changing leaf, tobacco, and a design history of its accoutrements. It examines the history of smoking from its pre-Columbian roots in the Americas through to the present-day worldwide e-cigarette craze, taking the reader on a journey from tobacco smoking as a sacred ritual, through the controversies of its worldwide spread, and the machine-rolled cigarette's role in the world wars and as a tool for European and American women's equality. Following the illustrated essay is a luxurious catalogue of newly commissioned photography that makes these diminutive objects pop off the pages with brilliant colour and form. The collection includes cigarette holders in their simplest incarnations - the disposable promotional holders given away at trendy New York nightclubs - to their most exquisite - the work of Faberge, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and other renowned jewellers of the late nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries.Carolyn Hsu-Balcer is a designer, philanthropist and art collector based in Los Angeles and New York. She has organised ground-breaking art exhibits including Xu Bing Tobacco Project (VMFA), "Light Before Dawn" (Asia Society Hong Kong), "Blooming in the Shadows" (China Institute), and "Oil and Water" (MOCA NY).

Publisher: Officina Libraria
ISBN: 9788897737629
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 1371 g
Dimensions: 259 x 253 x 22 mm

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