Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carved Wood Pipe (Louis XV period)


Pipe, carved wood, Louis XV period, Paris, France. 10 1/2 h.

Head of African type man with jade decorating stones in copper settings and trim, and painted in red and green, eyes are ivory; markings, 'Pipe Enseigne du Marchand de Tabac Au Nabab Paris Epoque Louis XV' on slip of paper attached to bottom of pipe;

A handwritten note in French attached to the bottom of this pipe makes it likely that this pipe was used in a tobacconist’s store, called, “Au Nabab.”

Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum


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