American Estates: J. Alan Smooth Tulip with Boxwood (1468) (2018)

Product Number: 004-009-13062

This is the most understated Tulip rendition I think I've seen from Jeff Gracik, as the characteristically Danish-looking form commonly features a crown of craggy plateau about the rim. There's less overt height thrown to the bowl here as well, and the American carver has neatly distributed a little more proportional focus to the shank as well. Though not exactly forgoing the additional mass up front, Jeff rendered the bowl a bit more squat, as well as a bit more forward canted, making for a form steeped more in implied forward motion than those previous, upward-reaching numbers. For the finish, Jeff dressed this piece in dazzling contrast, accentuating a feathery dance of flame grain and birdseye as far as the eye can see. Windswept streaks burst across the shank, guiding the eye to a mount of honey blonde boxwood. The saddle stem is ever-so-slightly turned downward, bolstering an s-curve that gradually crescendos in vigor as the eye travels from bit to rim.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Smoked, But Rather Clean

STAMPING:
1468
J. ALAN PIPES (arched)
USA (arched)
18
  • Length: 5.50 in./139.70 mm.
  • Weight: 2.10 oz./59.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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