Cigarette Case

Designer Pierre Legrain French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

Legrain understood the principals and aesthetics of both modern and African art to a degree that most other designers of the period did not—
perhaps the result of spending considerable time with his patron, the couturier Jacques Doucet, and his collection (which included Picasso’s
masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon [Museum of Modern Art, New York], several important Cubist works, and a group of African sculptures). This cigarette case employs the same vocabulary as his book bindings, only in miniature.

Cigarette Case, Pierre Legrain (French, Levallois-Perret 1889–1929 Paris), Snake skin, dyed and tooled leather, gold leaf

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