I find Chrysanthemum to be one of the most underrated patterns of the Brilliant Period. The workmanship on this bowl is second to none – the wood wheel polish especially. Early Hawkes pieces like this one toyed with leaving certain areas less polished than others. On this bowl, they’ve left the crosshatched vesicas and hobstar centers less polished leaving behind whiter contrasting lines.
What’s particularly special about this bowl is that Hawkes, rather than using the typical three vesicas, used four. Converging at the epicenter of the bowl are four large split vesicas containing crosshatching. Surrounding each of these vesicas are two larger bands of cane which meet at a flashed 8-point hobstar! Lying between each of these vesicas is a large, deep 26-point hobstar.
Again, I can’t street enough the quality of cutting, polish and blank featured on this bowl. If I only had three words to describe this piece they would be – mirror like precision. The bowl measures 9″ wide and 3 3/4″ tall.
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