Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ivory Pipe signed by Martin Grober ca 1740

The French tobacco monopoly established by Napoleon I in 1810,

was restructured in 1926 by French President Raymond Poincaré

under the name of Société d'Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs (or SEITA).

"La carotte"

Starting in 1976, the Musée-Galerie de la Seita, Rue Surcouf, Paris, displayed a collection of tobacco pipes and tobacco related artefacts acquired as early as 1937.

The Museum enriched its existing collection with the acquisition of the Eugène Jance collection in 1978.

One exceptional pipe from the Jance collection is this 48 cm long ivory pipe.

Courtesy and Copyright Antiquités Delalande Paris.

Pipe bowl Front

Pipe bowl Back

exquisite details,

Pipe bowl Front Panel I

Pipe bowl Front Panel II

Bowl Stem connection

Pipe bowl Back Panel I

Pipe bowl Back Panel II

sculpted by Martin Grober ca 1740,

inscribed "Martin Grober Fecit"

depicting various chapters of the famous italian novel "L'Arioste" by Ludovico Ariosto (1474 – 1533).

Ariosto, detail of votive painting Madonna with saints Joseph, John, Catherine, Louis of Toulouse and Lodovico Ariosto by Vincenzo Catena, 1512, Berlin

Stem: Panel I

Stem: Panel II

Stem: Panel III

Stem: Panel IV

Stem: Panel V

Stem and Mouthpiece: Panel VI

The SEITA collection was sold at Auction in 2009-2010.

(All photos of the pipe Courtesy and Copyright Antiquités Delalande Paris.)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Japanese woodblock print by Toyokuni III

Utagawa Toyoharu (1735–1814) was a Japanese printmaker and founder of the famed Utagawa school. He studied in Kyoto under Tsuruzawa Tangei, a Kanō school painter, before moving to Edo in 1760.

Depiction of Rome in an Edo period woodblock print by Utagawa Toyoharu, copied after a European engraving. Private collection, Japan.

One of his most talented pupils Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – January 12, 1865) ( 歌川 国貞, also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III 三代歌川豊国 ) became the most successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. 

Woodblock print portrait of Utagawa Kunisada, at the age of 80 years, dated January 1865. This memorial portrait was designed by his principal student, Kunisada II, and is one of the few known images of Kunisada.

In this rare & captivating Wood Engraved Oban Diptych Print of unknown Kabuki performance printed approx 1850′s – 1860′s, late Edo, early Meiji Era, Utagawa Toyokuni (三代歌) represents a Samurai defending his love interest and honor against the advances of a rival.

Samurai defends his love interest & honour by dunking his rival into the Sumida  River. Cherry blossoms are depicted symbolizing spring, renewal & romance.

In another of his works from the Seisho series, Toyokuni III chose to depict a couple enjoying a special moment with the man smoking a kiseru, enjoying the aftermath of an eventful boatride?

Man smoking a pipe, seisho series; signed; 13 1/2" x 8 1/2"