An engraved sterling silver matchbox holder with carved jadeite plaque by Edward I. Farmer, signed. This little piece is a stunning example of the practical art pieces produced by Farmer throughout his career, still at home in a smoking jacket pocket today, if not on display in a bookcase.
A prominent and knowledgeable art dealer operating out of the Carlyle Hotel in New York in the 1920s, Edward I. Farmer was famed for his decorative arts made using semi precious stones, and precious metals, turning functional objects into works of art in the manner of Cartier.
His pieces are rare and highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts around the world.