The Giotto series is named after none other than the artist Giotto di Bondone, a thirteenth century Florentine painter and architect that did more than any other to propel the early Renaissance. According to Giorgio Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists
, he shares with us that Giotto, having been approached to demonstrate his skill while just an apprentice by a papal messenger, drew a perfect circle freehand and turned that over to the pope's messenger. Of course the story is probably apocryphal, but like many of Vasari's little anecdotes, it is wonderfully charming and conveys a true principal even if the narrative itself isn't factual. This series of pipes from Savinelli celebrates that man, and that principal, represented by the single beading at the top of the bowl.
A near perfectly sized Lovat, measuring about equal from the height of the bowl to the length of the shank, the bowl's width, however, may be slightly enlarged, but who would complain? The decent stoutness in the bowl's walls adds even more to the delineating quality of this pipe, promising a lasting smoke without worry of too much heat in the hand.