The most basic element of the Italian neoclassical style is taking a classic English shape and then expanding the proportions of its bowl to a more generous scale. Well, this seamless, naturally flowing bent Dublin design may not have its equivalent on the classic English shape charts, but it certainly takes a hell of a run at the "more generous scale" part of the traditional Italian style. Put simply, this is a big pipe, and about 80% of that is all bowl. And aside from filling out the hand just wonderfully, that approach also happens to have made for one very expansive canvas indeed, perfect for displaying vast amounts of beautiful flame grain - something which Claudio definitely has not wasted.
- Eric N. Squires