All kinds of containers, boxes and small bowls are designed to hold the match, be it a wax match or a phosphor match. At home the most elaborate and luxurious specimen in modern or historic style were used to present such simple thing as a match.
Classical motives match with the interior of the learned, such as the bronze stand in Empire style with a bas-relief of Greek gods on both sides. Cameos, also borrowed from the antiques, come in different forms: painted on colored glass or embossed in ceramic or any other material.
Typical for the Dutch middle-class household are the pots shaped as a pear shaped extinguisher in wood or Italian marble, complete with brass lid. They always have a rough surface on the bottom to strike the matches.
Some objects stand out, such as the bronze stand with the clown in bronze next to the vessel. The design is both amusing and artistically accountable.
The most generally known match stand is the French pyrogène in glass or ceramic, produced in large quantities and a common table object in French pubs for ages. They come when the cigarette makes its general entrée and lighting a cigarette became a pose of fashion in popular culture. Especially the stands with the publicity of a liquor brand name or even more appropriate a tobacco brand, find a vast number of collectors.
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