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Richard Rohac

Richard Rohac 'BBC' Vide-Poches

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An elegant brass vide-poches designed by Richard Rohac and produced in his workshop for the Swiss engineering company Brown, Boveri & Cie (BBC). 

The modernist form of this tray is both functional and attractive, featuring slightly concave, tapered sides and grooves to each corner to hold a cigarette. The tactile form has been embellished with the BBC company logo; the tray was either designed for their offices, or produced as a corporate gift.

The Brown, Boveri & Cie company were known to also commission corporate gifts from Werkstatte Carl Aubock. These pieces are also without a maker's mark. 

The object dates from the early 1950's, and retains original patina and verdigris. 

Designer: Richard Rohac

Manufacturer: Richard Rohac

Year of Design: C. 1950

Dates Produced: C. 1950

Colour: Bronze

Height: 4.5 cm, Width: 8 cm

Condition: Very Good, signs of age. Original patina, can be polished if desired. 

Branding: No maker's mark. ‘BBC’ company emblem.