The Ducal pattern by Straus is one that I’ve only ever seen a few times. It’s easily one of Straus’s most skilled and unusual patterns as well – featuring 8 tusks which converge in the center.
This bowl, features four large wedding-cake hobstars on all sides. Separating each hobstar are vesicas which pair two, clear tusk surrounded by notched prism. The two tusks are connected by an 8-point star embraced on either end with fans. Clear tusks were one of the hardest motifs of the Brilliant Period to achieve-requiring the naked eye of the cutter to achieve their perfect, icicle-like roundness. It’s also very neat how the Ducal pattern doesn’t center around a hobstar, it simply converges in the center.
The wood wheel polish on this bowl is extremely impressive – giving that silky, radiant feel to the entire piece. It’s in perfect condition and measures 9 3/4″ long and 3 1/2″ tall. The Ducal pattern is extremely rare-this is only the second piece I’ve ever owned and it’s likely I’ll never find another so don’t miss out on this fine example.
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