Italian Estates: Becker Sandblasted Cherrywood (Two Clubs) (G) (2011)

Product Number: 004-006-9872

We are along way from Fritz Becker's influence here... a LONG way. This is his son Paolo's style in full bloom: a HIGHLY sculptural Cherrywood, playing a masterful game of proportions and unique shaping, utterly resulting in optical illusions. In profile, the piece fools you into believing it's quite a large, cylindrical, hunk of briar - but one slight turn in vantage reveals an flattened eye shape, somewhat reminiscent of the scarce "Opera" shape (though lacking its similarly shaped chamber and portability). This is a shape Becker has only hinted at in his career - lightly toying with various Cherrywood and Poker designs - but never quite pushing them over the edge, until now; however, the deep blast and black stain are classic conceptual tactics, for the artisan, employed to alleviate distraction by focusing the attention on the form itself.

-Seth Ellison-

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Becker {script}
{two club stamps}

Condition: 4.5/5 A soft spot in the bottom of the chamber has been gouged out.
  • Length: 6.57 in./166.88 mm.
  • Weight: 3.60 oz./102.06 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy