This beautiful and extremely rare centerpiece was most likely designed by William C. Anderson. It has been submitted to the Anderson study group and they agree, unanimously, that this is the case. It is extremely similar to the Lillian-Travis pattern but the geometric portion of the pattern is clearly different. The piece features 3 pieces of glass – a top bowl, a bottom stand, and a ball-like cover to the connection.
The vesicas on the outer border are very similar to Libbey’s Circles and Arcs. These vesicas house the interior realistic cutting which features beautiful thistle cutting with large blooms. It’s particularly neat how Anderson uses hobnail to create the center of the flower for a realistic effect. Another sign of the great amount of quality and thought that went into this piece is the central hobstar which actually surrounds the connection for the base! The base portion of the centerpiece features the same flower cutting and an unusual punty “matrix.” This matrix, which features a crosscut and small notch between each punty, is on countless examples of Anderson’s designs and is featured prominently in “The Chain of Evidence.” The ball connection cover is cut with notched prism.
Centerpieces like this are rare, but I believe this to be the only one known by William C. Anderson. It’s in perfect condition and on a dazzling blank. When assembled, this piece measures 13 3/4″ tall and 10 1/2″ wide.
Company: American Cut Glass Co.
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