This is an excellent low bowl in Hawkes Grecian pattern. The Grecian pattern is one of Hawkes’ best patterns due to its extensive use of clear-tusk cutting. The piece is unsigned, and likely was made before they started signing glass.
The Grecian pattern displays wonderfully on this bowl. A large 8-point hobstar formation fills the center of the bowl. Spurring from each of the points of that formation are 8 large clear-tusk vesicas. Supposedly this was one of, if not the most difficult motifs to cut as it has to be done by the naked eye, rather than tracing a line. These tusks extend all the way into the rim treatment to a nice, sharp point. The rest of the pattern is entirely Russian cutting and the contrast between the clear tusks and the brilliant cutting is particularly striking.
The bowl is in perfect condition, save for a couple of fleabites, and measures 9″ wide and 1 1/2″ tall. The blank is extremely clear and the wood-wheel polishing allows the pattern to dazzle and delight.
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