Tobacco pipe carved with head of a young woman, Europe, 1810-1840

Made:
1810-1840 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Tobacco pipe, large meerschaum bowl carved as head and bust of young woman, possibly Empress Josephine, horn and flexible tube stem, French or Austrian, 1810-1840

The young woman’s headdress can removed to place shredded tobacco into the bowl, which would then be lit and the smoke inhaled through the flexible tube stem and horn mouthpiece. The bowl is carved from meerschaum, a versatile clay like material.

It is thought that the woman pictured may be Napoleon I’s wife, Josephine (1763-1814). Josephine married Napoleon in 1796, and was Empress of France from 1804 until her divorce in 1809.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A653265
Materials:
bowl, meerschaum, lid and mounts, brass (silvered), stem, horn and stem, hose, flexible
type:
tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
credit:
Carbins, G.F.