Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871),
|Moritz von Schwind, c. 1860.|
was a renowned Austrian painter, now remembered as "the last of the Romanticists".
Born in Vienna, Moritz counted Franz Schubert as one of his closest friends. (Schubert used to call Schwind his “sweetheart,”).
|Oil painting of Franz Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder (1875)|
According to Mrs Beavington Atkinson in the Art Journal of London (1873),
"From 1821, Schwind worked among the antiques in the academy, but especially in the studio of Schnorr; later also with Kupelwieser, who was his friend till death. For seven years, or thereabouts, Schwind led a joyous, careless life, defying fortune with a shrug of the shoulders, earning enough by illustrating story-books, devising head-pieces for cards, even painting signboards for cafés to add his portion to the frugal family menage, keep his pipe alight, and supply his easel with canvas and paint."
Schwind sketched a number of mythical designs in his 1844 book, Almanach von Radierungen.
including smoking scenes,
and fanciful pipes (see Rapaport, A Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes [1979, 1998], pages 54-55).
|Knights errant and castles.|
According to Frederick Fairholt, "Tobacco" (1859/1876):
|"A Smoking Club" - one of Fairholt's illustrations in Tobacco, its History and Association|
"Schwind of Vienna, an artist who received much praise from Goethe
for his powers of fanciful invention, etched a series of small plates, designed for pipes of this class, two of which we here copy."
Many of von Schwind's illustrations were rendered as meerschaum and wood pipes,
|Gondola with Orientals smoking on board.|
and this one, a gondola scene, befits the style of a von Schwind illustration.
The pipe is 9" long, and is fitted with a bi-color, turned and faceted amber stem.
|Courtesy of a private collector|