While I sell quite a bit of impressive pieces every year, it’s seldom I (or anyone else for that matter) offer a piece this grand. No matter where this bowl is placed, it steals the spotlight from all other pieces around it. If you’re looking for that world-class piece that nobody else has, this is the one. This is a deep, flat-bottom 10″ bowl in American Cut Glass Company’s (William C. Anderson’s company) Fan Border pattern. This pattern is far and above all the rest of the Anderson patterns and if I didn’t own a piece in this pattern already, I would never sell this bowl. To me there is arguably more work and overall aesthetic design characteristics in this pattern than Aztec, Marcella, Grand Prize, Kensington or any of the other coveted Libbey/Anderson patterns. The cutting is exceptionally brilliant and the blank of the clearest quality. From my knowledge and experience, there are literally only a handful of pieces in this pattern and this is probably the largest one – next to an ice cream platter I just learned of.
All of the Anderson design elements are there, but elevated to stratospheric heights. Clear button hobstars are sperad throughout the pattern. Dividing up bands of cane, notching and creating an additional interior 6-point hob star formation. Even something as simple as crosshatching is enhance on this bowl to something as fine as a grain of sand. While there is a ton of cutting on this bowl, the clear button hobstars, and knobs in the cane provide the perfect striking contrast to the busy pattern. The precisions is astonishing – there are deep miters throughout the bowl, but consistently in the same places throughout there are miters that meet halfway into a deeper miter. I find the Fan Border pattern to be the best design of the Brilliant Period and everytime I look at this bowl, it gleams proudly back at me.
The bowl is enormous because of the flat bottom and measures a large 10″ wide and 4″ deep. This masterpiece is in perfect condition with only a few fleabites in the cutting. Staring into this bowl is like watching a never ending fireworks show – it dazzles and delights the senses and leaves you wishing that all pieces could have been made with this much care and quality.
Company: American Cut Glass
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