the 19th and 20th century a large effort went
into enhancing the presentation and the reputation of the Havana. As the demand for these highly valued
goods rose, so did the quality of the artisans and craftsmen producing
the cigar boxes and paper inlays. Highly skilled artists were employed
form around the world to utilize their knowledge producing sophisticated
lithographic works of art.
new techniques contributed to the ongoing beautification of the
rings and cigar box vistas (view in opened cigar box). The high
quality and use of materials such as gold powder for the color process
led to the collectors passion known as vitophilia. "Vitola" refers
to the brand within the manufacturers trade mark. Collectors sought
the colored vistas, rings and paper inlays containing special editions
and messages. During the middle of the 20th century new printing
techniques emerged thus eliminating the use of lithographic stones
and metal clichés. Although no longer in use these pieces bear beautiful
witness to the art and quality that has gone into the resentation
of the Havana.
takes a special interest in this heritage and shares it with aficionados
of the fine scent and lovers of the extraordinary. We also consult
furnishers of cigar-lounges and havana cuisine.
a steadily changing collection we offer objects from the following
with well preserved images of ancient vístas, bofetones and tabaclavos
. TabacArt's homepage shows a digital remastering on parchment with
the Romeo & Julieta theme. The image is replicated from a lithographic
Clichés used to make the raised details of vistas and bofetones.
The diagramm shows which parts of the vistas was imprinted by the
Cigar rings, vistas, tapaclavos (motif that covers the centre nail
of the box ). In many thematic collections we have Royal Houses,
congresses or clubs. In addition we have curiosities, special editions
and rare single items.
Old wooden boxes of long forgotten brands, boxes with dedications
(one to Fidel Castro), old humidors, porcelain, glass and wooden
jars by Partagás and Ramón Allones, all used for cigar storage
Cutting machines used by the cigar rollers. Cepos, the wooden mould
used to determine the ring gauge and the length of the cigar. Presses.
Chavetas, round sickle blade to cut the cigar wrapper to size.