Though not so widely known as his student and collaborator, Leonardo da Vinci, Franciscan friar/mathematician/literary translator Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli was an accomplished renaissance man in his own right, publishing original works on subjects ranging from mathematics for merchants, to the game of chess, to one of the foundational texts of modern-day magic-tricks and numerical puzzles. His best-known work, however, was De Divina Proportione
, illustrated by Leonardo, which focused on the application of the Golden Ratio to art and architecture.
Given the late Giancarlo Guidi's love for art, it should be little surprise that he was familiar with Pacioli's De Divina Proportione, and as fate would have it, this special Ser Jacopo series, inspired by the idea of applying the Golden Ratio to pipe design, would be one of the Pesaro school founder's last great projects.
Giancarlo fittingly focused on the classics for this series, in this case the straight Billiard. Statuesque in scale and handsomely proportioned, it's a straightforward shape, yet one that's firm without being openly bold - the line of the heel, for example, is broad, but holds back from the kind forward jut often seen in Italian renditions of the shape. The black finish keeps things reserved, while the rich, dark red of the briar's polished sections provide a tasteful warmth, and both contrast well with the Divina series' sterling silver band. And the sandblast, as you can see, found no small amount of ring grain.
- Eric N. Squires