Illustrations of antique pipes
The remarkable variety in style and design of tobacco pipes inspired many writers and illustrators. This page shows a selection of the varied collection of illustrations now in the Pijpenkabinet collection in Amsterdam.
The first historic pipes published and illustrated in Holland date from the year 1860 in a book by Dr Westerhoff. He writes a thesis on the history of the tobacco pipe, illustrated with two folding plates showing pipes from the Netherlands and from America. Other publications incorporate early American Indian pipes, a beloved source of inspiration.
A beautiful series of antique pipes in six prints can be found in the 1879 edition of the book on costumes by Racinet. This series shows a remarkable choice of pipes from all parts of the world. The European ones mainly originating from the famous Rothschild collection, the ethnographic pipes possessed by various museums.
Another famous publication is the book by Robert Pritchett dated 1890, entitled Smokiana. Racinet and Pritchett inspired makers of encyclopaedias and illustrated magazines many times. Even in early twentieth century encyclopaedias the pipes can be traced back to their originals
A special edition is a series of publicity cards inserted in boxes of cigarettes, illustrating all types of pipes from various parts of the world. We can discover pipes copied from older publications, although also some new specimens are illustrated. Anyhow, they show an ongoing interest in the antique and ethnographic smoking pipe.
Illustrations on this page from the collections of Amsterdam Pipe Museum
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