Saturday, February 18, 2012

Peyrau Terracotta Pipe Bowl

A. Peyrau was a French immigrant living in New York City in the late 1800s, who made a series of terracotta pipe bowls, bizarre, yet comedic, caricature heads of period personages as Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum, Joseph Pulitzer, and William March “Boss” Tweed. The quality and character of Peyrau’s clays are reminiscent of some of the finest produced on the Continent. 

Brooklyn (New York) Museum Collection

This terracotta pipe head, 2- 3/4 x 2- 3/4 in. (7.0 x 7.0 cm), is of some important French military personage. 

For more information on the clay pipe industry in the U.S. read the "Clay Pipe Manufacturing in the United States" article on this blog.

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