Ardor: Venere Bent Apple with Wenge (Dorelio Rovera)
In antiquity, Venus became one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology - embodying sex, love, beauty, enticement, seduction, and persuasive female charm. Are you starting to see why Ardor named this piece the "Venere"? The name is indeed quite apt for such a pipe, the stunningly beautiful stain could be mistaken for drawing inspiration from Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and her golden locks. In actuality, the Venere finish from Ardor is rather rare, demanding truly exceptional grain - as immaculate as the skin of Venus herself - without flaws or pits. In this pipe, a delightfully spherical bowl begins to animate in the form of a voluptuous thigh, compressed and lengthened to allow for drapes of grain that could catch an eye at a distance. The accent is one we've never seen before: a wavering ring of wenge (an endangered tropical timber, very dark in color with a distinctive figure and a strong partridge wood pattern), inlaid into olive green cumberland.