This is a classic straight Billiard shape... which makes it a bit of a surprise, coming from Gian Maria Gamboni. While Gian's designs are elegant as a rule, and typically derived from classic shapes, a straight-up classic shape is something I haven't seen from him before. Well, I may not have seen them before, but I can only presume he has worked on plenty of them as this is clearly the work of a well-practiced hand, presenting a style of Billiard that falls into a sweet spot between classic English and neoclassical Danish in its posture and lines. And as is expected of a Gamboni, the contrast-over-sandblast produces lushly gorgeous results to complement the form.
- Eric N. Squires