M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS

 

 

GEORGE III CARVED FRUITWOOD PIPE TAMPER, in the form of a greyhound

England, c1790

 

    

 

Beautifully carved, the cylindrical tapering tamper surmounted by a greyhound with dramatically arched back and articulated ribs, the graceful tail curled around the left back leg, capturing the recumbent hare at his feet

 

Greyhounds are a combination of unimaginable agility, grace and elegance, with tremendous speed and power. 
While most of their time is resting quietly at the closest proximity they can manage to their owner,

their greatest pleasure is running - chasing - anything from butterflies to squirrels to - yes - cute sweet hares. 
As they are
“sight hounds”, the rest of the world simply disappears until the chase is over - e
ither by clever escape of the hunted, or triumph of the hound. 

    

Coursing” - a sport with greyhounds chasing live rabbits by sight rather than scent -
became popular during the 16th century. 
It was - and remains - a sport valued more for the contest of the race than the catch. 

 

    It is with pleasure that we offer this 200+ year-old pipe tamper, carved as a greyhound,
probably at the end of a coursing race,
lifting the prize he or she may have bettered to present to his or her owner as a gift

 

Condition : Excellent

 

Provenance : With Alistair Sampson Antiques Ltd., London, 1996

   

3-3/8” High

 

SOLD

 

#6366

 

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Also See :

 

George III Fruitwood Pipe Tamper, formed as a greyhound and hare

 

 

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George III Carved Fruitwood Pipe Tamper, England, c1790, depicting a greyhound and hare