Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1346: Massive Carved Meerschaum Cigar Holder Pipe

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Unique Massive Meerschaum Cigar Holder Pipe with Magnificent Carved Scene Featuring Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Unique Massive Meerschaum Cigar Holder Pipe with Magnificent Carved Scene Featuring Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, with Case

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Measuring 6 1/4 inches long from bowl to stem, 5 inches tall and 1 4/5 inches wide, the main section of the holder is constructed with a meerschaum bowl mounted into the front of a single piece of natural meerschaum, which shows a curvature along the underside that matches in contour with the stem. The main body is three dimensionally carved in a scene of Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, standing atop a rock outcropping covered in floral blooms, posed as though preparing to nock an arrow on a bow (note: bow and arrow are absent), with a quiver on her back and her dress partially undone to free her drawing arm. Arrayed around her are a woman in dress and sandals, holding the leads of a pair of lop eared hounds, 2 nymphs dressed in laurels, and a large stag representing Actaeon. In Greek myth, all these things were presented to Artemis as gifts by her father Zeus, along with the bow and arrow and eternal celibacy. The overall tone of the coloration is signature meerschaum, with the underside of the pipe showing a mixed orange color, the carved sections showing a bone white with yellow and orange accents overall, darker and deeper near the front until you reach the bowl, which is near black with streaks of red. The stem is carved orange amber, 5 inches long, which matches up with the main body excellently. With a leather covered, velvet and silk lined case from Franz Heiss & Son of Vienna, Austria, a late 19th century carving firm and participant in the Chicago World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893.

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Excellent, with superb color and detail overall. The case shows mild scuffs and wear.



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