Renowned for their expertise in cross cultural works of art, Jorge Welsh – Oriental Porcelain and Works of Art was awarded Masterpiece Highlight 2015 in the field of Islamic and Indian Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art. During the preview of Masterpiece London, the specialist vetting committees selected the rare mid 17th century Double Case Pipe from Sri Lanka as an important highlight of the fair. The vetting committees singled out the pipe case as being representative of excellence in scholarship, rarity and connoisseurship within its category. The double pipe case, dated to the mid 17th century, was created in wood covered with a mica sheet and intricately carved ivory plaques, measuring 63.5 cm long and 7.8 cm wide. Tobacco, originally imported from Latin America, is believed to have arrived in the East during the 16th century. Initially viewed to have medicinal properties it was expensive and only affordable for a limited

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