Italian Estates: Ardor Carved Claw (1911-1986) (019/300) (Dorelio Rovera) (Extra) (2P) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-40031

Though the Ardor pipes workshop was founded in 1974 by father-son team Angelo and Dorelio Rovera, the pipe making history of the family stretches back to 1911, with the founding of Sociedade Rovera in Varese, Italy. It was at here that Angelo began to carve pipes alongside his father and uncles, starting at the age of 13 in 1958, Ardor's debut into the pipe world marked by a high-standard of craftsmanship that's remained consistent for nearly five decades. Though Angelo passed away in 1999, Ardor is now run by Dorelio, alongside both Damiano and Dimitri, the next generation of Roveras. Ardor's pipes are often typified by their strikingly neoclassical proportions, with each piece offering greatly enhanced substance about the bowl and a reassuring presence in hand. This is one of the most unique pipes we've ever encountered from Ardor, staying true to their style of crafting larger pipes, though rooting its shaping in a far more figural style reminiscent of meerschaum pipes. What is showcased here is one of the meerschaum tradition's most iconic and widespread motifs: the dragon claw. In this case, the claw is holding an Egg, with four individual fingers wrapped around a central, Egg-like bowl and holding it at a playful forward cant. The fingers are rendered in intricate detail, and the claws that top them curl to touch the surface of the egg, all balanced by a dramatically bent shank and stem combination. Said shank lifts out of a tight transition, its short length met by a far longer stem which is deeply bent at the bit for an Oom Paul-like stance. A light, minimalistic stain dresses the stummel and showcases some handsome grain, its matte finish and nearly natural tones making it ready to accrue rich patina.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


1911 1986
  • Length: 6.50 in./165.10 mm.
  • Weight: 3.68 oz./104.33 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.52 in./64.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.91 in./23.11 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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