« An Alsatian with a pipe in a red vest » Anonyme
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Catégorie : Paintings and Drawings
Early XIX ° in the style of the XVIII ° century
This man, wearing a white shirt, red vest and tricorn hat, is typical of men from Alsace. Peacefully seated in a large Louis XIV armchair covered in leather, gazing towards the horizon, he smokes a pipe while sipping a glass of tokay, certainly kept in a goblet.
For memory :
Made in Germany, the Long Straight Clay Pipe offers a refreshing smoke thanks to its long stem. This straight-shaped smoking pipe has a fairly deep bowl in which a large amount of tobacco can be placed.
Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz writes regarding pipe clay:
“It’s a soft, binding and light earth, soft to the touch. It is easily worked on the lathe: it whitens in the fire. There are different colors: the gray one is used to make beautiful earthenware; the whitish one is used to make pipes. This earth is clayey, and sometimes, but accidentally, contains a little chalk: if it is subjected to a degree of violent and continuous fire, it then takes on its surface a coating which is a kind of vitreous varnish. »
On the table the symbols of a certain art of living. Let’s not forget that the lands of the East have been glass lands since 1600, hence the delicacy of this trumpet-legged glass.
A Tokay wine or « tokay d’Alsace » fills the glass, and is kept in the pewter Hanap
A goblet is a drinking vessel of medieval origin. Generally made of metal, with a foot and a lid, it is a kind of vase, but it can nevertheless take other forms, then more akin to a cup, a cup or a mug. The term, and probably also the object it designates, is of Germanic origin: hnapp basically designates in Old Germanic a “bowl”.
Goblets were made of all sorts of materials. The first were made of tin and copper, then they were made of enamelled bronze.
This painting is a private moment in the life of an Alsatian in the 18th century.
L30 X H = 23 cm