30 September 2014
The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is permanently improving the quality of its collections. Some purchases are invisible for the visitors, because they are no enlargements of the collection but just an improvement of quality. This is the case with the impressive figural pipe bowl known as 'Le Grec', the Greek, with a mask at the bottom of the pipe bowl. For years we had this pipe in the collection, although with a chipped nose, which is not according to our quality standards. This week we acquired the same pipe in perfect condition from a Belgium collector. It is a nice example how quality in a collection can improve, a change only visible for the most critical visitor.