This wonderful 12″ tray is cut in Hawkes’ highly collectible Devonshire pattern. The blank on this piece exceptionally thick and heavy – I’m guessing it is an older piece and it is unsigned.
The Devonshire continually expands with a variety of contrasting motifs. At the core of the tray is 12 split-point hobstar. Following this hobstar are kite-shaped fields of cross hatching. Either side of the crosshatching is flanked by crystal clear uncut areas. The second to last portion of the devonshire includes large diamond-shaped fields of strawberry diamond cutting. Finally, mirror-like fans top off the pattern as they make their way up to the serrated edge.
It is crucial to understand the quality of blank this piece is on – the finest, heaviest, and most brilliant one I’ve ever seen a piece of Devonshire on. It measures exactly 12″ wide and 1 3/8″ tall. The tray is in nearly perfect condition with only some very minor pattern roughness.
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