The Windsor pattern embodies what a designer like William C. Anderson and a maker like Libbey were able to acheive. Stylistically, it reeks of the most extreme Anderson nuances. It’s all there and it’s no mystery why this pattern’s popularity continues to soar. A plate in this exact pattern just brought $8250 plus 16% in buyer’s fees on 5/24/12! The pitcher is signed on the handle.
A major theme in this pattern are clear-button hobstars. Two enormous ones adorn either side of the pitcher and are linked with a diamond-shaped field of cane. The cane on this pitcher is impressive in its own right. It’s extremely deeply and precisely cut. So deep in fact, you can run the edge of your fingers between the points of the cutting. The next portion of the pattern is made up of three more clear button hobstars. One large one lies in the center and is flanked on either side by a smaller, clear-button hobstar. These smaller hobstars have some incredible depth between the point of the clear-button and the interior of the hobstar. Fields of crosshatching top both of these. The front of the pitcher features another large clear-button hobstar and much more of the deeply cut, precise cane. The base of the pitcher is cut with a 20-point hobstar while the handle is cut in a manner that Libbey reserved for its best pieces – deep scallops on either side and fields of crosshatching running down the center.
The pitcher is in near mint condition with just a few areas of tiny roughness in the cutting. It measures 8 3/4″ tall and 5 3/4″ wide. This is the type of pattern that will continue to appreciate in value – the cutting and design are unarguably stellar and the quality of the glass itself is top notch.
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