|Aux Carrières d'Ecume|
established 13 & 15 Passage des Princes, Paris
|Built in 1860 Passage des Princes is a stone's throw from the Palais Garnier opera house and the large Parisian departments stores|
received a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900.
|Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, Harpers Magazine|
The international jury
was all praise...
MM. Sommer frères are the principal manufacturers in France of meerschaum pipes and cheroot holders and amber cigarette holders; they also manufacture in briar root, with amber stems, of top quality. Their pieces have a real artistic cachet and are appreciated for their quality of finish. Among the pieces on display by MM. Sommer frères and the sculpture of which was particularly admired, we will mention the pipes with iris flowers, a tulip in art-nouveau style, a superb african head and a few others, owing to the talent of true artists.
The iris was a favorite of Art Nouveau artists,
|Magnolias and Irises Panel is based on an original Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933), Metroplolitan Museum|
|Iris Brooch, c. 1900-1901, Tiffany & Co|
French Art Nouveau Bronze Iris Candlestick by Jozon
6.5" length 3." height
A close-up reveals the almost translucent meerschaum,
Marked Gold Medals 1878, 1889 & 1900.
(Courtesy of a Private Collection)