Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ivory Pipe signed by Martin Grober ca 1740

The French tobacco monopoly established by Napoleon I in 1810,

was restructured in 1926 by French President Raymond Poincaré

under the name of Société d'Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs (or SEITA).

"La carotte"

Starting in 1976, the Musée-Galerie de la Seita, Rue Surcouf, Paris, displayed a collection of tobacco pipes and tobacco related artefacts acquired as early as 1937.

The Museum enriched its existing collection with the acquisition of the Eugène Jance collection in 1978.

One exceptional pipe from the Jance collection is this 48 cm long ivory pipe.

Courtesy and Copyright Antiquités Delalande Paris.

Pipe bowl Front

Pipe bowl Back

exquisite details,

Pipe bowl Front Panel I

Pipe bowl Front Panel II

Bowl Stem connection

Pipe bowl Back Panel I

Pipe bowl Back Panel II

sculpted by Martin Grober ca 1740,

inscribed "Martin Grober Fecit"

depicting various chapters of the famous italian novel "L'Arioste" by Ludovico Ariosto (1474 – 1533).

Ariosto, detail of votive painting Madonna with saints Joseph, John, Catherine, Louis of Toulouse and Lodovico Ariosto by Vincenzo Catena, 1512, Berlin

Stem: Panel I

Stem: Panel II

Stem: Panel III

Stem: Panel IV

Stem: Panel V

Stem and Mouthpiece: Panel VI

The SEITA collection was sold at Auction in 2009-2010.

(All photos of the pipe Courtesy and Copyright Antiquités Delalande Paris.)


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