Nanna Ivarsson: Smooth Fish (5515) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-361-0085

Nanna's father once made a comment to Sykes to effect that a pipe's shaping should make you want to pick it up and hold it dearly. "Cuddled like a hamster," if I recall correctly, was how Lars said a pipe should be handled. A fish, the animal, obviously hasn't much in common with a hamster, being neither warm nor softly furry among other differences. But that doesn't mean a Fish pipe-shape cannot have exactly the qualities Lars Ivarsson was alluding to — as his daughter clearly knows.

This is a Fish, and the nature of the named animal is something Nanna shows great skill in evoking through the curling tail of a shank and the motion of the design's overall flourish, from the leap of the bowl and its heel, through the transition and to the lively asymmetry of the leaf-shaped panel that precedes the stem. Yet it is also as hamster-like as a shape can be, in that sense of roundness and proportions that just make you want to pick it up, and, yes, cuddle it.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.43 in./112.52 mm.
  • Weight: 2.90 oz./82.21 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.05 in./52.07 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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