Misc. Estates: Chris Asteriou Smooth Boxwood Calabash with Holly (56/17) (2017)

Product Number: 004-008-5160

This compact Calabash rendition from Chris Asteriou was the first of its kind we had encountered from the carver back in 2017, now offered as an estate. It supplants gourd and meerschaum for polished, hollowed-out boxwood and a removable cap of pale holly inlaid with a briar chamber. Lending it a lenticular shank, the flanks of which initiate crisp ridges traveling to dissolve into the bowl, Chris's iteration further accentuates the shape's naturalesque curvature, while affording a more sprawling, gestural posture. The aforementioned compression of the shank also highlights the sense of taper at play, while also leading the eye simultaneously to the creamy holly chamber cap and slender mount. The use of boxwood here is an especially apt choice as well, further evoking the historical aesthetic of the old gourd Calabash. In addition to that, Chris opted to present it simply, with a smooth polish highlighting each ultra-fine line of grain and naturally darker striation. Highly recommended. Condition-wise, just some charring around the airway and minor rim darkening to take into consideration.

- Daniel Bumgardner

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Charring Around The Airway

a (Inside Circle)
  • Length: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
  • Weight: 1.86 oz./52.62 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Calabash
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Other
  • Country: Greece
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