A calabash shape (some call it "a bell") was always highly appreciated by collectors as the most associated with the smoking pipes history and ancient traditional shapes. Therefore many companies and artisans offered their interpretation of the calabash pipe; and of course such a famous French manufactory as Butz-Choquin couldn't lose the opportunity to express its own vision.
Many experts claim French pipes are substantially underestimated and shadowed off by English and Italian products. At the same time a number of the greatest brands, such as Charatan's, Comoy's, GBD, were founded in France and only later moved to the UK. And of course we shouldn't forget bright Sant-Claude phenomenon, a kind of a "briar valley" of the XX century.