This piece is somewhat a departure from a lot of typical Hawkes work. The first thing one will notice is the unusual, almost football shape of the bowl. This blank, which curves in on all sides, is unfamiliar to me. It seems to combine a good bit of their other, known patterns and then add some more seldom-seen motifs. The piece is signed in the center with the Hawkes trefoil.
The pattern of the bowl borrows heavily from several patterns – immediately Brazilian and Dorothea come to mind. Two conjoined 8-point hobstars circle the perimeter while being divided by fans. The two hobstars are framed by elongated points of parallel, feather-like cutting. In between each of these points are clear panels and yet another 8-point star. I find the center of the bowl quite fascinating. It features a cluster of tiny hobstars (something that I don’t recall in any Hawkes patterns). This cluster formation, containing 8-hobstars, is not something I ever recall seeing in any of the cut glass patterns.
The bowl is in great condition with 3 very minor chips on the rim – no shape is lost. It measures 10″ long, 7 3/4″ wide, and 3 3/8″ tall. This unique piece is on a wonderfully clear blank.
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