What's all the talk about mixed mediums when it comes to antique pipes? An antique meerschaum pipe would be composed of a meerschaum bowl and, most likely, an amber mouthpiece.
This image is of only the bowl, but what a bowl! There is meerschaum, inset turquoise and amber beads, appliqued enamel, chased silver and gold-plate decor, and a diamond. And where is this diamond? It's inside the crown high atop the wind cover. What visual impact!
The "Rotunda," is considered to have been the most important iron-constructed, circle-shaped, exhibition hall at the World's Fair (Weltausstellung), Vienna, 1873,
|The Viennese Imperial Opera performing in San Francisco in 1894|
|Black Friday at May 9th 1873 at the Vienna stock exchange, Schwarzer Freitag an der Wiener Börse, wood engraving from 1873|
|The Panic - Run on the Fourth National Bank, No. 20 Nassau Street [New York City, 1873]|
Not surprisingly, the atmosphere in Vienna during the fair was not as jubilant as had been seen at other exhibitions.
It is now the property of the Schloss Schoenbrunn Museum, Vienna.
Read about and see more of this pipe bowl in Herbert Rupp, "Viennese Meerschaum," Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine, Winter 1996.
Also on display at the World Fair was the "Europa" pipe, another masterpiece in its own right.