I once had a champagne pitcher in Libbey’s highly coveted Grand Prize pitcher. A few years later, that same pitcher sold for $15,000 at auction. I consider this pitcher, in Straus’s Kenilworth pattern, to be more well done than that Grand Prize piece.
This piece must have close to 200 hobstars all over it. The sides of the pitcher feature four hobstars in shield formation. They are divided with vesicas of crosshatching. The rest of the piece is covered with the most complex cluster cutting. It’s actually very similar to Libbey’s Star pattern. This overall complex design really amazes me and one can easily get lost by taking a casual look at the piece. Even the handle is completely cut in pattern. The silver top is unmarked. The base is finished with a hobstar as well.
The piece is in perfect condition although the silver top sits just slightly tilted on one side. This beautiful creation measures 12″ tall and 5″ wide and is on the most stunning of blanks. Honestly, if a lesser-cut Grand Prize pitcher is worth $15,000, my asking price on this pitcher is a bargain.
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