Cigarette Case

Tiffany & Co.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

This cigarette case and a related match case (41.140.3) are rare surviving examples of Tiffany & Co.’s laminated metalwork, also called "mixed metal" in company records and known to the Japanese as mokume. In mokume (meaning "wood grain" or, literally, "wood eye"), thin sheets of differently colored metals and alloys are laminated, folded to increase the number of layers, cut through or bent, and, finally, hammered to produce marbleized patterns.

Cigarette Case, Tiffany & Co. (1837–present), Gold, silver, brass, patinated copper, gold-copper alloy, silver-copper alloy, and patinated copper-platinum-iron alloy, American

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.