Alex Florov: Smooth Fig with Horn Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-354-0243

While most well-known for his expressive, strikingly-shaped Freehands, this piece by Alex Florov showcases a more reserved offering from his portfolio. An uncommonly seen shape, the Fig is often characterized by an Acorn-like bowl, with walls flaring upward to a round, inflated rim and fashioned with a jutting, spur-like heel. This piece, however, is a signature Fig rendition by Florov, foregoing the spurred heel for a more supple, curvaceous one, showcasing the Russian-American carver's inclination toward sleek, Danish and Japanese-inspired designs. Also on display is a dynamic sense of gesture throughout the composition. Starting with the forward-ebbing bowl, its squat, plump figure sits atop a sweeping, upturned heel, creating a shape that contours well to the hand. A slender shank lifts out of the transition, fashioned with a subtly flaring military mount of genuine horn that accepts a trim stem with a crisp expansion ring at its base, the arrangement's posture deftly guiding the eye toward the front of the composition. Dressing the stummel is a smooth contrast stain, highlighting whorls of lovely birdseye traveling across the underside and offering a rich complement to the creamy hues of the horn mount.

- Joshua Carroll
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.01 in./152.65 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.17 in./29.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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