Dunhill White Spot

Namiki Sakura 4 - Code: nam01

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Qr Code
CodeNam01
MaterialBriar
FinishSmooth
Made inEngland
Pieces Produces10
ShapeBilliard
SizeInches L 5 6/8 - H 1 7/8 -- cm. 14.6 x 4.8
Outside DiameterInches 1 2/8 -- 3.4 cm
Chamber DepthInches 1 5/8 -- 4.1 cm
Chamber DiameterInches 6/8 -- mm. 20
WeightGr. 47
Stem MaterialEbonite
FilterNone
Band18 Kt. solid yellow gold
Year2015
List€ 60.000,00
Europe Price € 60.000,00
Outside Europe Price€ 49.180,00
Approximately USD$ 58.421,00
Notes
The collaboration between Britain’s Alfred Dunhill and Japan’s Namiki dates back to the 1920’s, when Setsuji Wada, sales representative for Namiki Manufacturing Co. Ltd showcased his products to Alfred Dunhill Ltd in London. It began as an experiment with exquisite Japanese lacquer being applied to the company’s smoking accessories and writing instruments. The relationship was consolidated over the following decade, leading to the creation of authentic bilateral works of art, which since have become true collector’s pieces.





The process of lacquering is a highly skilled art using Urushi, the sap from the Japanese lacquer tree which is first used to draw the image on the bowl. Powdered gold, gold flakes, tiny mother-of-pearl tablets, and other colour pigments are then applied to the drawing while the lacquer is still moist. In a painstaking manual process, layer by layer is added finally resulting – after many months of highly concentrated work by one artist – in the finished three-dimensional relief, which is then signed by the artist on completion.





Only the most experienced of the Maki-e artists work on our White Spot pipes.


For this edition it took Mr. Masahiro Yamada, a master of the famous Kokkokai artisans group, a full 6 months to complete the task, employing the most complex techniques and utmost refinement and balance of the ornamentation.





The intricate artwork of this limited edition pipe is intensified through the various Maki-e techniques of master craftsmen Masahiro. The base of the pipe is flawless Briarwood, decorated with Hira (Flat) Maki-e, Taka (Raised) Maki-e and Togidashi (Burnished Flat) Maki-e technique allowing ornamentation of greatest depth and detail. The scene of cherry blossom expressed in Togidashi Maki-e, with various petals made from Raden (mother-of-pearl), brings the magnificent flower composition to life.


The pipe, a classic Billiard shape in group 4 (4103), is accompanied by a matching Briar tamper in black Urushi lacquer with its White Spot dot made from a mosaic composed from Raden (Mother-of-Pearl). A relief Cherry blossom motive embraced by fine gold dust and delicate gold foil particles crowns the curved top of the tamper.


The pipe is fitted with an engraved 18ct Gold band and the pipe tamper rests on a foot turned from a block of solid 18ct gold.





The Sakura pipe and tamper are housed in a prestigious black lacquer wooden box of generous proportions and are accompanied by a limited edition certificate and a signed copy of the hardcover book The Four Seasons of Namiki by the renowned French Namiki expert Christophe Larquemin.





The edition is strictly limited to only 10 units world-wide (of which the No.1 will be kept in our White Spot archive).


Based on its sublime lacquer quality and the most refined lacquer techniques employed as well as the opulence and complexity of its design, SAKURA can only be categorised as the most exceptional grade ‘A’ pipe ever. Its extreme scarcity of only 9 units for world-wide distribution predestines this marvel to become the most coveted White Spot Namiki pipe to date.





Available during September 2015





The collaboration between Britain’s Alfred Dunhill and Japan’s Namiki dates back to the 1920’s, when Setsuji Wada, sales representative for Namiki Manufacturing Co. Ltd showcased his products to Alfred Dunhill Ltd in London. It began as an experiment with exquisite Japanese lacquer being applied to the company’s smoking accessories and writing instruments. The relationship was consolidated over the following decade, leading to the creation of authentic bilateral works of art, which since have become true collector’s pieces.

The process of lacquering is a highly skilled art using Urushi, the sap from the Japanese lacquer tree which is first used to draw the image on the bowl. Powdered gold, gold flakes, tiny mother-of-pearl tablets, and other colour pigments are then applied to the drawing while the lacquer is still moist. In a painstaking manual process, layer by layer is added finally resulting – after many months of highly concentrated work by one artist – in the finished three-dimensional relief, which is then signed by the artist on completion.

Only the most experienced of the Maki-e artists work on our White Spot pipes.

For this edition it took Mr. Masahiro Yamada, a master of the famous Kokkokai artisans group, a full 6 months to complete the task, employing the most complex techniques and utmost refinement and balance of the ornamentation.

The intricate artwork of this limited edition pipe is intensified through the various Maki-e techniques of master craftsmen Masahiro. The base of the pipe is flawless Briarwood, decorated with Hira (Flat) Maki-e, Taka (Raised) Maki-e and Togidashi (Burnished Flat) Maki-e technique allowing ornamentation of greatest depth and detail. The scene of cherry blossom expressed in Togidashi Maki-e, with various petals made from Raden (mother-of-pearl), brings the magnificent flower composition to life.

The pipe, a classic Billiard shape in group 4 (4103), is accompanied by a matching Briar tamper in black Urushi lacquer with its White Spot dot made from a mosaic composed from Raden (Mother-of-Pearl). A relief Cherry blossom motive embraced by fine gold dust and delicate gold foil particles crowns the curved top of the tamper.

The pipe is fitted with an engraved 18ct Gold band and the pipe tamper rests on a foot turned from a block of solid 18ct gold.

The Sakura pipe and tamper are housed in a prestigious black lacquer wooden box of generous proportions and are accompanied by a limited edition certificate and a signed copy of the hardcover book The Four Seasons of Namiki by the renowned French Namiki expert Christophe Larquemin.

The edition is strictly limited to only 10 units world-wide (of which the No.1 will be kept in our White Spot archive).

Based on its sublime lacquer quality and the most refined lacquer techniques employed as well as the opulence and complexity of its design, SAKURA can only be categorised as the most exceptional grade ‘A’ pipe ever. Its extreme scarcity of only 9 units for world-wide distribution predestines this marvel to become the most coveted White Spot Namiki pipe to date.