Japanese Estates: Ichi Kitahara Smooth Blowfish

Product Number: 004-007-1214

With an eclectic background in classic, Baroque frescoes, learning Native American silverwork in South Dakota, and working as a senior sushi chef in Japan, Ichi Kitahara has a wide range of artistic experience. Adding to this, he also makes pipes, having been taught by none other than the legendary Hiroyuki Tokutomi. Though Kitahara is quite adept when it comes to traditional forms, I feel like he specializes in organic, Freehand designs, with this Blowfish serving as an excellent example. A pair of ridgelines emerge from the shank face and curl up the entire underside and the bowl's fore, wrapping around the aft before dissolving into the transition. Those firm ridgelines accentuate the shape's characteristic bulging, disc-like panels along the flanks, both sides displaying some exquisite birdseye, while a lane of cross grain runs in between the ridgelines. It's certainly rare to see a piece from Kitahara on the estate market but when they do appear, they don't stick around long.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway

STAMPING:
ICHI KITAHARA(Arched)
(symbol)
JAPAN
2015
  • Length: 4.85 in./123.19 mm.
  • Weight: 1.57 oz./44.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.07 in./52.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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