Thursday, February 22, 2018

19th Century Viennese Beauties

A large, complex pipe whose motif is believed to be a late 19th C. interpretation of The Three Graces astride the shank, rococo scroll and foliate decoration, silver wind cover with amber insert and amber mouthpiece, 11" in length, 4-1/2" in height. Late 19th C. European. 

Antonio Canova’s statue, The Three Graces, carved between 1814-1817, is a Neoclassical sculpture, in marble, of the mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus – identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia - who were said to represent youth/beauty (Thalia), mirth (Euphrosyne), and elegance (Aglaea).

We believe that these there ladies may very well be a more contemporary expression from this unknown European pipe carver.

of those three faces, one especially captures the eye...

but it is the half human-half vegetal carving on the front of the bowl that confirms beyond any reasonable doubt that the carver of this pipe was a uniquely talented and inspired sculptor...

From the Arno Ziesnitz Meerschaum Pipe Collection/Locati LLC Auction House

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