XuHai: Sandblasted Long Shank Bent Apple (0917) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-778-0005
While plump, spherical forms are part and parcel to Xu Hai's work, this particular Long Shank bent Apple is just an excellent example of how the Chinese calligrapher/pipemaker handles line and curve. The fully rounded bowl sits high along the transition with a soft, lifting heel that allows the curves of the bowl to meld seamlessly with the arcing line of the underside — that gesture reflected in the subtle sweep of the transition and the slight flare of the shank as it approaches the mortise. The result is a continuous, fluid sort of aesthetic, one which guides the eye naturally from rim to bit, without actually resorting to a serpentine or overly dramatic S-curve in profile. Fitting to the minimalist shaping, Xu Hai's lent this piece a more formal palette: a dark, crisp sandblast for the large stummel with a trim wedding band of sterling silver to accent.
- Andrew Wike
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.55 in./166.37 mm.
- Weight: 3.01 oz./85.28 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.09 in./53.09 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: China