Even in a simpler design like this (well, simpler by this particular artisan's standards, anyway) the Art Nouveaux influence on Maigurs Knets's style is readily apparent. In one, cleans swoop he captures that sense of floral beauty which was a hallmark of the myriad of daily objects craftsmen of the Belle Epoque lavished with art, whether it was the railing of a staircase, a piece of jewelry, or a writing desk. Oddly enough, despite pipe smoking having been far more widespread during Art Nouveaux's late 19th/early 20th century heyday, its elegant aesthetics never managed to cross over into pipemaking during that period. Well, we may have had to wait roughly a century for this to happen, but Maigurs has certainly done quite a job of making that wait worthwhile.
- Eric N. Squires