Japanese Estates: Takeo Arita Smooth Freehand (065) (Y) (2004) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-007-3102

An education in architectural design, along with loads of obvious talent is clearly evident in Takeo Arita's work. The Japanese carver's shaping style often encompasses striking line work contrasted by supple curves, as seen in this organic Freehand. The plump, Apple-like bowl offers crisp ridgelines down either flank and through the heel and shank, forming a panel along the underside. A high-set transition and an upwardly curling, triangular shank are topped by a lens-shaped, pale accent, which then leads to a downturned, vulcanite stem. The stummel is dressed in a warm chestnut stain that does well to highlight the briar's grain in this 2004 piece. Takeo ceased his pipe making in 2010, making this piece both highly collectable and hard to find, the estate market being one of few means by which to acquire such a piece.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

  • Length: 5.60 in./142.24 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.76 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan
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