This is a pattern I’ve only ever seen 3 times. Each example was signed (this one included) Egginton and the quality of each was top-notch. It’s perhaps the best unknown Egginton pattern. The blank of this piece is quite unusual-it’s part crimp bowl, part rollover and the pattern adapts particularly well to this form.
Deep circles were supposedly one of the hardest types of cutting in the Brilliant period. This bowl takes that motif one step further – the clear portion of the circles are so large, so deep and so clear that they set this piece apart from any other circle-style pattern I’ve seen. The clear circles contain a very unusual hobstar cluster. This cluster is almost like a Hobstar flower with a central large hobstar center and small petal-like hobstars. All the points of this formation are filled in with crosshatching which is another touch of care. Stemming down from 4 large outer hobstars are bands of hexagonal fans which all cross in the center a square hobstar. The level of detail in this pattern is incredible.
The blank quality shouldn’t go unnoticed either. The clarity highlights those large circles unlike any clear circle pattern I’ve seen. The bowl is in perfect condition but does have some light surface scratching that I’m mentioning for accuracy. This piece has a maximum diameter of just over 10″ and is 2 1/2″ tall.
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