A massive, towering, yet handsomely formed and proportioned bent Billiard, this long-shanked Ser Jacopo presents a rather unusual grain pattern. The flame is concentrated down low, towards the base of the bowl and along the shank, while most of its considerable height is covered in intermixed 3/4 grain and the occasional single birdseye, with a few longer strokes of flame passing through right up to the rim. It's all very dense and busy, with no real "wash", and consistent patterns of birdseye are centered right on the rim and underside. Overall this suggests this smooth, dusky, and very deep-chambered "Maxima" was shaped from a dense, albeit oddly grown part of the burl which extended and tapered outward from the main body of the root.
- Eric N. Squires