Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wood Masterpiece Rothschild Colllection (12)








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Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Majestic Meerschaum Pipe


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