Set 2 Pipe Alfred Dunhill 1920’s ART DECO SHELL BRIAR
Art Deco is a style of design, architecture and art that first appeared in Paris, France, shortly before the First World War.
The Chrysler building, the Empire State Building and other New York skyscrapers, built in the 1920s and 1930s, bear witness to the Art Deco style. But also common objects, furniture, jewelry, theaters, cinemas, cars, trains and ships were strongly influenced by the art deco movement Famous exponents of the Art Deco style were René Lalique, Louis Cartier, Boucheron and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Art Deco became more restrained and new materials and finishes were introduced such as chromed metal, stainless steel and plastic. Art Deco became one of the first truly international styles, but its dominance waned with the dawn of World War II.
It was in the mid-1920s, when Art Deco had become an established design style, that Alfred Dunhill published the fifth edition of his About Smoke product catalog, an encyclopedia of smoking containing a variety of products, both pipes and accessories, designed in the Art Deco style.
This interesting limited edition is a set consisting of two Quaint A shape pipes recently rediscovered in the fifth edition of Alfred Dunhill's catalog About Smoke - an encyclopedia of smoking from 1924.
The other was found in our factory archives and was chosen as it perfectly complements the first. These forms have not been made for at least 30 years.
Both shapes are extremely elegant, represent the style of the Art Deco period and integrate perfectly with each other thanks to the similar shape of the head - the straight "KC" in group 3 and the "un-named" equivalent of semi-curved shape in group 4 (although an internal reference of the head "941" was found in the archive, it was not possible to identify a shape number).
Both pipes have a silver ferrule worked with refined Art Deco designs and are presented in a special Ventage box in the shape of a bone.
The Ventage boxes were invented by Alfred Dunhill in 1919 and patented in 1920. Their name derives from the combination of the words Vintage "(antique) and" Ventilation "(ventilation), as they are provided with a ventilation channel that goes from the head of the pipe at the edge of the case that allows the pipe to dry even when the box is closed.
Each series is also accompanied by a limited edition certificate individually numbered and signed by hand
This edition is limited to 115 sets worldwide - 25 sets in Amber Root finishing - 40 sets in Bruyere finishing - 50 sets in Shell finishing The number “1” of each finishing set is kept in the White Spot archives.
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