This gorgeous punchbowl is cut in Egginton’s extremely rare and highly desirable Genoa pattern. Egginton cut at least two versions of this pattern as designated in their catalog – No. 1 and No. 2. The differences are subtle and contained mainly in the cutting between the hobstar clusters. Because there are so few examples of each shown in the catalog, I’m unable to say for certain which rendition this punch bowl.
The Genoa pattern displays excellently on this punch bowl. A large cluster of hobstars adorns the front of the bowl featuring an extremely complex center hobstar. The hobstar in the center has many miters per each point-something one will only find on extremely fine pieces. The clusters are divided by an unusual form of cane (with non 90-degree angles) that Egginton used – especially in their cluster pattern. These are separated by clear crossed cutting. In between this motif is a ribbon of extremely fine crosshatching. The base, of course mimics the top in pattern. The knob of the punch bowl has a 20-point hobstar.
The punch bowl measures 12 1/4″ wide and 11 1/2″ tall. It’s in perfect condtiion with only one tiny spot of roughness to the base’s collar. This is one of those rare examples of cut glass where the sum of the parts really make it exceptional – high quality cutting, extremely tasteful design, masterful execution and liquid crystal glass make this piece a highly coveted piece of American Brilliant Cut Glass..
The cutting on this piece, as with many of Egginton’s best, is exceptionally vibrant. The lines just pop off the glass and create an intense and dramatic display. It’s also quite prismatic which will draw attention from across the room. In total, it’s the sum of its parts – exceptional quality glass, plus highly skilled design and cutting.
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