The first acquisition in 2020
4 February 2020
Later than usual, the first acquisition of this year came in today. It concerns the porcelain pipe bowl shown here. A so-called stummel, a common type but with a curious painting. In multi coloured hand-painting, two hands shake each other. Behind it is a flower bouquet with a German text along the rim of the bowl, something like "Roses are blossoming, and forget-me-not" and "flowers wither but real friendship does not". It is a typical farmers pipe from the nineteenth century, as a common gift at the time. They underline friendship and love. It is a genre that we are glad to add an extra copy to our collection, because these objects have become quite rare nowadays. Special here is the perfect condition of the object together with a pedigree that goes back over forty years.