This truly remarkable work of art,
is comprised of a scalloped meerschaum bowl, a long, turned amber push stem with silver retaining chain, and vermeil* wind cover, finial, and shank collar. The overall dimension is 40 cm. in height and the bowl is 22 cm. in height.
This pipe had to have been made as a very special order for a Near East potentate, or a very rich pasha. The clue: note the seated, turbaned gentleman.
It is signed by Maurice Mayer who became, in 1846, the official silversmith of French Emperor Napoleon III.
*Vermeil is silver that has been plated with 22K-24K gold.
Courtesy of the João Pavão Martins Collection