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Bulgari for Dunhill 'trompe l'oeil' cigar box
An extremely fine and very large silver trompe l’oeil cigar box, a unique collaboration between Bulgari and Dunhill and made by Bulgari’s leading Florentine artisan silversmith Oscar Rulli, as a special commission for one particularly discerning client who only smoked Dunhill’s ‘Double-Claro Suprema No. 4’.
All six sides of this extraordinarily crafted box are profusely engraved with delicate trompe l’oeil woodgrain, and to each corner are engraved faux dovetail joints, adding to the illusion that this is a wooden Dunhill box in which his cigar of choice would have been retailed. Similar Bulgari one-off pieces were made for Prince Rainier, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and other leading figures of the day.
The invisible hinge and close fitting lid provides the perfect storage within the cedar lined interior. Engraved to the lid is the Royal Warrant ‘By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, Suppliers of Smoker’s Requisites, Alfred Dunhill Ltd’, and to the centre, the desirable ‘stamp’ for ‘H.UPMANN HABANA’.
To the front edge is engraved ‘DOUBLE-CLARO 50 SELECCION SUPREMA No.4’ and on the underside is engraved the distinctive HECHO EN CUBA lozenge mark.
Bearing Bulgari maker’s marks and date stamp, and 950 (95% purity or also known as the 1st Standard of silver quality). Italian, dated 1972.
Size: 10 inches (25½ cm) x 7¼ inches (18½ cm) x 3½ inches (9 cm) tall.
In the last image, the box is shown with a Bulgari silver vanity mirror (Ref 4903)