This piece continually has me saying, “Wow,” while leaving my jaw ajar simultaneously. The shape, cutting and polish simply flabbergast me. Cut in Dorflinger’s Brilliant pattern, this piece embodies some of the finest features in American Brilliant Period glassware. The exact piece in shown in the line drawings – I’ve always considered this a centerpiece and I’ve seen others call it an eggnog bowl as well. Regardless, it’s astounding in ever possible way. The shape is so perfectly done with that little flare towards the center of the bowl.
The Brilliant pattern adorns this shape so well. A vesica featuring a hobstar topped on either end with crosshatching is surrounded by feathered cutting. This feathered work runs into either a panel of hobnail or a large 16-point hobstar. Fans adorn the rim and additional flat hobstars are featured in the lower bout of the bowl. The stem of this piece is phenomenal – a huge lapidar knob ties the whole piece together to a very large 24-point hobstar base! Again – WOW!
The piece is on a superbly thick blank with that fine wood-wheel polishing that Dorflinger is so well known for. Despite being so thick, the blank is completely translucently clear – like looking through a window. The centerpiece is in perfect condition with a couple of practically non-existant fleabites on the rim and some surface scratches. The imposing footed bowl measures 10 7/8″ wide and 7 7/8″ tall. These centerpieces rarely come along, and when they do, the quality is nearly always lesser than this one. Any possible way you look at this piece, it is nothing but stunning.
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