Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Exceptional Eastern Sioux Catlinite Pipe Bowl 1870's

This 1870's sculptural elbow shaped catlinite pipe bowl 

Eastern Sioux catlinite pipe bowl, 1870, measuring 4.25 inches

  stands out in more ways than one...

from afar

or close-up...


 And while this is not Michelangelo's work

Detail of Michelangelo's David, 1501-1504, Academia Gallery, Florence

this level of anatomical detail, down to the arch and toes,

points to a late 19th century native american master pipe carver of exception.

Courtesy Cowan's Auctions

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hector & Andromache Cheroot Holder

Hector's Farewell to Andromache by Gavin Hamilton, 1775

Cheroot Holder, Hector's Farewell to Andromache, Germany/Austria 1850-1870

Detail of Hector's Farewell to Andromache by Gavin Hamilton

Detail of Cheroot Holder, Hector's Farewell to Andromache

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Imperial Porcelain Pipe

The French Imperial Eagle stands on top of the world, inscribed with the names of the countries France was in war with at the turn of the 19th century: Espagne, Autriche, Turquie, Italie, Pologne, Russie, Belgique, Sardaigne, Portugal and Hollande.

Around the basis is the text: "Napoléon Bonaparte, Empereur"

and "Honneur à l' Armée Française" .

Behind the semi-spread wings of the eagle is a tower which forms the furnace of the pipe.

At the base of the tower is a small statue of Napoléon.

On the tower walls are the names of the battlefields the French army led by Napoleon fought.


and on the other side, a tree in high relief.

The pipe is made of fine porcelain (porcelaine de Paris?), fully glazed and decorated with gold paint (enamel?). It stands 6.4 cm. tall and measures 6 cm measured from the front of the ball to the rim of the stub-stem. 

Made in France, ca. 1880.

Original text and Photos Courtesy of Académie Internationale de la Pipe

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jockey Cheroot Holders

Late 19th century high-relief-carved jockey,

From the Arno Ziestnitz Meerschaum Pipe Collection

with boots of jet and amber.

Dimensions: 6" x 2-1/2" x 1-½

The cap, pipe, and crop are exquisitely detailed in richly colored amber.

By the same talented carver, a free standing variation on the same theme...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

19th Century Viennese Beauties

A large, complex pipe whose motif is believed to be a late 19th C. interpretation of The Three Graces astride the shank, rococo scroll and foliate decoration, silver wind cover with amber insert and amber mouthpiece, 11" in length, 4-1/2" in height. Late 19th C. European. 

Antonio Canova’s statue, The Three Graces, carved between 1814-1817, is a Neoclassical sculpture, in marble, of the mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus – identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia - who were said to represent youth/beauty (Thalia), mirth (Euphrosyne), and elegance (Aglaea).

We believe that these there ladies may very well be a more contemporary expression from this unknown European pipe carver.

of those three faces, one especially captures the eye...

but it is the half human-half vegetal carving on the front of the bowl that confirms beyond any reasonable doubt that the carver of this pipe was a uniquely talented and inspired sculptor...

From the Arno Ziesnitz Meerschaum Pipe Collection/Locati LLC Auction House