The above photo is what a very wealthy Chinese nobleman would have in his home during the mid 19th century. The only item that he would not have is this particular pipe. This a solid silver and gold inlay done with black lacquer. This Imperial pipe contains three five toed dragons. Anyone outside the Imperial family caught with a object containing a five toed dragon would be put to death.
In 1949 Chairman Mao declared opium and opium pipes illegal. Many of the opium pipes were burned in public bonfires. I have read that several million Chinese were put to death ignoring the new opium laws. Chairman Mao's laws effectively ended over two hundred yrs. of legalized opium in China.
Many Chinese fled China fearful of communist oppression and migrated to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and other countries of the world they could get into. Many of these new immigrates took their opium pipes with them.
Asian Art contains photos of my collection of original 19th century Chinese Opium Pipes . Antique Opium Art of Chinese origin from the late 18th, 19th, and early 20th century, can be purchased under opium pipes,bowls,lamps,trays,tools and boxes. All of the items are of Chinese origin and have been purchased during my extensive travels of rural China, Thailand and Burma during the last 21yrs.
( ALL ITEMS ON THIS SITE HAVE BEEN SOLD)
This site has been left up for the purpose of education for collectors of Opium Art.
If you are looking to buy an original opium pipe today the chances of finding one is almost zero. The Internet is full of sellers of Chinese opium pipes that have impressive sites and selling pipes for thousands of dollars. Most of these I have seen are modern reproductions. Email me a pic of a pipe you are going to buy before you commit and I will tell you if it is good or bad.
Mail: Asian Art, P.O.Box 1667 Americus,Georgia 31709