This is one of my all time favorite patterns. Hawkes old Imperial pattern is made up of their finest work.
Rich large hobstars, small clear button hobstars and panels of crosshatching are intertwined with the deepest triple miter motif. The triple miter portion weaves out of every nook and cranny on the bowl and half the blank must have been cut away to allow for this highly skilled cutting. I have attached a photo showing just the depth of the piece.
The Imperial pattern features wood wheel polishing and they even left the crosshatched patterns unpolished like most of Hawkes’ better, older work. The bowl is 9″ in diameter and 3 3/4″ tall. The blank is beautifully vibrant despite all the busy cutting and very heavy as well.
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