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Traditional Borso Del Grappa Italy Handcrafted Folk Art Pipe

Interesting example of one of the handcrafted pipes for which Borso Del Grappa, Treviso, Italy is famous. These pipes are usually quite unusual. This bowl of this pipe is a man’s head. The artisan has used red to paint the brim of the hat as well as the puckery lips, brown for the hair and beard, and small glass beads for eyes (one is missing). No wonder this fellow looks so fierce! This guy would look great in a pipe rack or on a shelf!

The bowl has been hollowed out and there is a small hole in the base. It is slightly dark in the bowl and smells faintly like it might have been used--but that may just be the wood I‘m smelling. I‘m really not sure if this is meant to be used but then I am not a smoker and not familiar with the insides of a pipe. The stem is curved twig with most of the bark still present and a carved end cap. There is a hole in the mouthpiece area of the stem.

The small town of Borso del Grappa is in the Italian province of Treviso. One of their famous crafts from WWI through the 1970s were their unusual pipes. The woods used are normally hornbeam and cherry. These pipes started out as a way for the local citizens to make money. They were originally meant for smoking and then faded into more of an ornamental pipe. The carved figures were usually flowers, animals and men--each one done by hand and each one unique. Sadly, now that they have expanded into other craft areas, such as ceramics, and there are other opportunities available because of modern technology--this art form is becoming less common. Let’s hope it doesn’t fade away completely because these are just too cool!!

Marked in a circle on the base:
D. C (probably another letter or two but there is a hole in base) N
Borso Del G
TV
Italy

(probably Grappa). Italy -- lst line saysD. C hole in the middle and an N


Condition: Little dark inside pipe (not sure whether ever used). One glass bead eye is missing.

Size: Approximately 8” long, 1-¾” diameter, ¾” diameter bowl opening, figure is 2-¾” high

Traditional Borso Del Grappa Italy Handcrafted Folk Art Pipe - Fathers Day Idea - Dad Gift


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: wood, glass, paint
  • Only ships within United States.
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