Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Imperial Porcelain Pipe

The French Imperial Eagle stands on top of the world, inscribed with the names of the countries France was in war with at the turn of the 19th century: Espagne, Autriche, Turquie, Italie, Pologne, Russie, Belgique, Sardaigne, Portugal and Hollande.

Around the basis is the text: "Napoléon Bonaparte, Empereur"

and "Honneur à l' Armée Française" .

Behind the semi-spread wings of the eagle is a tower which forms the furnace of the pipe.

At the base of the tower is a small statue of Napoléon.

On the tower walls are the names of the battlefields the French army led by Napoleon fought.


and on the other side, a tree in high relief.

The pipe is made of fine porcelain (porcelaine de Paris?), fully glazed and decorated with gold paint (enamel?). It stands 6.4 cm. tall and measures 6 cm measured from the front of the ball to the rim of the stub-stem. 

Made in France, ca. 1880.

Original text and Photos Courtesy of Académie Internationale de la Pipe