This is easily one of the most impressive bowls I’ve ever had the opportunity to offer. It was cut by Hunt in their Avon pattern. The bowl is exceptionally thick, heavy, and sharp. In fact, it’s so sharp that it can only be recommended to hold the piece by the engraved border and not the keen underside. The weight of the bowl, combined with the sharpness of the cutting, is enough to break one’s skin.
The engraved border of the bowl is one that Hunt used on this pattern and their Diana. It features wild flowers linked together by a common stem. It is very high quality intaglio second to none-very similar to Tuthill work. The rest of the checkerboard style pattern is astounding. Deep, clear channels weave in and out of the entire pattern. This technique was surely difficult to achieve – especially at the depth shown on this bowl. Panels of hobstar and crosshatching alternate throughout the pattern while pyramidal miters cross one another. The rim of the bowl is finished in the unique scalloped and spiked treament that Hunt employed for this pattern.
I cannot possibly stress enough the quality of this bowl – the heaviness, clarity, thickness and sharpness is jaw dropping. It measures 9 1/4″ wide and 4 1/2″ tall and is in perfect condition. Easily one of the most impressive bowls to add to your collection.
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