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Japanese Estates: Smio Satou Smooth Paneled Volcano with Japanese Lacquer and Gold (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-007-0797

Under normal conditions if I were to picture "paneled" combined with "Volcano", I would have a hard time seeing something graceful; I strongly suspect this is a shaping combination that's just by nature challenging to pull off in a graceful manner. Fortunately Smio Satou is (surprise surprise) far better at this than I am. Not only did he come up with a paneled Volcano with a natural visual balance and flow, but he even managed to do it while making said panels broad in their planes and square in arrangement — which if you ask me was just making the challenge far steeper. He could have thrown in gorgeous grain and stopped there, and produced a simply beautiful pipe. Satou didn't, though. He also made this Volcano even more distinctive, using the considerable underside of the bowl (slightly concave of plane, lending an essential lightness to the profile, I should mention) as a canvas for a bit of lovely lacquer-and-gold art.

- Andrew Wike
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STAMPING:
Pipe Maker Stamp
SMIO SATOU
JAPAN

Condition:
4.95/5 Unsmoked, but there are a couple faint scratches on the bottom/front of the bowl.
  • Length: 5.71 in./145.03 mm.
  • Weight: 2.53 oz./71.67 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.14 in./28.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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