Xu Hai: 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

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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
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