Ellsmere is one of the most masterfully conceived patterns that Libbey ever produced. The amount of balance and symmetry in the pattern is stunning and the quality is always top-tier. This bowl is signed directly in the center with the Libbey Sabre.
A flat hobstar is flanked on either side by two bands of triple-miter cane. This main portion of the pattern is encircled in what looks like partial circles-something I imagine wasn’t particularly easy to execute. Rising from this area is fine crosshatching met with deeply cut notched prism which creates the an extremely tasteful border. The center of the bowl has a complex 6-point hobstar formation.
The blank of this piece is exceptionally clear and the condition is just as impressive-I spot no chips or nicks except for one very, very small fleabite on the base. The bowl measures 8 1/4″ wide and 4″ tall.
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