American Estates: Rolando Negoita Smooth Freehand (2006)

Product Number: 004-009-17128

Rolando Negoita was, until his untimely death in February 2021, a pioneer in the American pipe making movement, as the Transylvanian-born artisan always seemed to push boundaries and experiment with form in every piece he made. Indeed, Negoita's inspiration for pipe shapes ranges from the bounty of nature, to the arts of the ancient Greeks, or even Bauhaus architecture, with his implementation of these inspirations always feeling natural and ceaselessly enchanting. This particular example is one which I feel exemplifies his more organic inclination, appearing to me as the after-effect of a drop of water falling into a puddle: the back-jet leaping out of the disturbed surface as ripples issue forth from its impact. The rear end of this pipe showcases a demure curvature and consistent taper from the expansion of the shank near the transition to the subtly bent saddle stem, slowly compressing as the briar travels, with the vulcanite continuing this, despite its sudden stepping down at the base. The aforementioned transition is pinched, resulting from the rapid growth of the shank immediately after it, acting as the pool's reach toward the ascending droplet, while the shank's ridged flare is the pool itself, the calm surface rippling as it is disrupted by the impact. The bowl here, of course, is the bulbous body of the back-jet itself, the ovoid shape it's been given compressed in height and girth, though extended in length, creating the additional effect of momentum. Not upward momentum, however, unless you turn this piece so that the bowl faces skyward, but forward, as it doubly resembles a speeding egg breaking the sound barrier, with the shank flare the point where it pushes past mach one and becomes supersonic. Dressing this excellent piece is a warm mahogany stain, revealing flame grain that wraps across from either end of the shank, with birdseye present on the underside and top side, showcasing the ability of Negoita not just to craft dynamic shapes, but to do so in wonderful harmony with the grain's flow.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
Atelier
ROLANDO
06
  • Length: 5.67 in./144.02 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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