American Estates: Dasha Florov Smooth Wild Cherry (2018) (Unsmoked)
Product Number: 004-009-12909
This Wild Cherry from Dasha Florov resembles an Apple with plenty of Danish and Japanese influence to go around. The bowl is attractively plump with a slightly higher set waistline. Though sitting nicely in the hand, it's almost diminutive when considered in the context of the piece as a whole. The shank is robustly flared and takes up much of the shape's visual weight, evoking a decidedly Japanese aesthetic. Featuring a teardrop cross section, the shank creates a ridgeline down the flank, sweeping all the way up the front left side of the bowl and juxtaposing a sense rigidity with the form's inherent organicism.
Adding to this organicism, patches of plateau dot the rim and broad shank-end for a touch of Danish style. Florov has also inset a brass ring around the mortise, circumscribing the stem base when mounted. This is a relatively common convention among carvers; however, here Dasha leaves the brass raised instead of flush, matching it to the contours of the plateau at the shank end. It's a subtle touch but one that she's pulled off incredibly well, making for a unique accent. The whole piece is, then, dressed in a bright contrast stain that, to me, resembles the crisp, delectable hues of a Gala apple, further adding to the piece's organic motif. It's presented here in unsmoked condition.-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details
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- Length: 4.32 in./109.73 mm.
- Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: United States