This is easily one of the most unusual bowls I’ve ever seen – while it is square at the top, it is rounded at the bottom and curves inward on all sides. It is cut in J. Hoare’s Pebble pattern and the exact piece is shown in the ACGA catalog reprint (I’ve attached a photo on this page).
The amount of precise cutting is staggering and the way they cut on this blank leave one scratching their head. The large, 32-point hobstars are cut on complete curves. Meaning the center of the hobstar, while having great extension, actually sits lower than the outer points of the hobstar. I tried to encapsulate this with all of the photos but even still, something is lost in translation. Between each hobstar is a large field of laser-precise cane cutting. The center of the bowl has unsual maltese-cross type design featuring crosshathing surrounded on all sides by triple miter cutting. This bowl is just an astonishing conceptualization of pattern conforming to blank shape.
The bowl is in perfect condition- I barely see a fleabite on the entire piece and measures 7 1/4″ from side to side, 8 3/4″ from corner to corner, and 4 1/8″ tall. The blank is radiant and highlights this exemplary and rare pattern by the craftsmen at J. Hoare.
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