Companies often reserved their poppy patterns for the best display of engraving – this bowl is no exception. It is signed, along the edge, with the Hawkes Gravic logo.
The workmanship on this bowl is exceptional. It is a prime example as to why the engravers who made such pieces were paid significantly more than the cutters. Poppy buds and flowers swirl throughout the pattern. The full poppy flower is carved breathtakingly deep – the ridge where the petals of the flower fold over is razor sharp and gives way to the deepest relief possible. It leaves me wondering how they didn’t carve into the interior of the bowl? The rim is finished in a unique way of 4 grouped, large scallops with one even larger in between the next grouping.
Hawkes Gravic work, for whatever reason, is extremely undervalued currently. This stuff is as good, if not better than quite a bit of the Tuthill work out there, yet the prices are extremely reasonable. At one time this was easily a $600 bowl and I’m now offering it for nearly half of that. The bowl measures 9 1/8″ wide and a very deep 4 1/8″ tall.
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