Elie Bleu etches Africa’s Big Five on a limited edition Humidor

Big Five Humidor
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Nature’s call

Cigar smokers captivated by the lure and lore of Africa can celebrate that continent’s most majestic wildlife with this exquisite limited edition humidor from two celebrated artisans in Paris.

Designed by humidor experts Elie Bleu and the designers of 2 Saints, the Big Five Humidor is dedicated to Africa’s big five: the elephant, black rhinoceros, leopard, cape buffalo and lion. Each species has been realistically and intricately captured in a three-dimensional bronze montage that sits on the African continent topper.

This sculpture is the focal point for a massive hand-polished humidor painstakingly crafted from dappled Sipo Mahogany. It rests on four equally massive cast bronze ‘tree trunk’ legs that were inspired by the African Baobab tree and sprouting individually cast, patinated, with ornate bronze leaves. Intricately detailed solid bronze castings also replicate the big five along the bottom trim of the humidor. Optional gold plating or solid gold embellishments are available. Lined in cedar, this lockable humidor features a lift-out tray and is capable of holding up to 750 cigars.

The bronze humidors are priced at US$56,000 (S$76,300) each. Gold versions can also be crafted, with prices revealed upon request. Just eight bronze humidors will be built. Given that it’s handmade to order, there will be a four- to five-month waiting period for delivery. A matching Big Five hand-cast bronze ashtray is also available for US$1,880 (S$2,560).

Elie Bleu

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Published 5th November 2017