There is a story that I’ve heard often about a cutter’s “master work.” Something they made, demonstrating all their skill in order to move forward from their apprenticeship. This was more or less their final exam. I believe this is one of the aforementioned masterpieces. It displays such a wide variety of skilled cut in a completely unknown and unseen pattern. To top it off, the blank is exceptional and weighs a massive 8.5 pounds!
One portion of the pitcher contains two vesicas of stacked hobstars. These start as deep cut hobstars and finish with a fanned center hobstar at the base of each vesica (again think about the variety used in just that one motif). The vesica also contains vertical notching and tiny, detailed, full fans. In between each of these vesicas is cane cutting and some notched prism cutting. Another portion of the pattern consist of detailed hobstar cluster cutting. This is reminiscent of both Hoare and Egginton and might be a clue as to the maker. Above the cluster cutting i probably my favorite portion of the pattern – an ovoid completley spread fan cutting surrounded by notched prism. Rarely is fan cutting used in such a visually stimulating way, but this pitcher nails it. The top of the pitcher has some additional hobstars (like this piece needed more cutting)! The perfectly annealed handle features double notched cutting divided by a stich of crosscutting. The base is covered with a 24-point hobstar.
It’s imperative to comprehend what a hunk of glass this piece is – 8.5 pounds and one look at the extremely thick bottom tells the tale. The blank of this piece is exceptional and the pitcher is in perfect condition. It measures over 11 1/2″ tall and 6″ across the base. Inferior pitchers, in supposed “rare” patterns, sell far far more than this stunning example.
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