This footed pitcher/ewer by the talent at Hoare is as good as it gets. It’s giant yet elegant and weighs nearly 8 pounds! Add to the glorious shape that it’s cut in a wide variety of difficult motifs and has a pattern cut base and you’ve got one of the best pitchers of the period. This exact piece is shown in Rarities in American Cut Glass.
This pattern is divided into three main sections. The top and bottom repeat themselves – they’re made up of very deeply cut hobstars, crosshatching, flat Christmas stars, and an unusual crosscut motif that Hoare often employed. The central portion of the ewer contains a large field of cluster cutting with clear buttons that wraps around to the back of the pitcher to meet some large fans. The handle is enormous and covered with quintuple notched honeycomb cutting. Take note of the base – it’s entirely cut in pattern which is a far departure from the much more common star or hobstar. Clearly, this is a very special piece with few, if any, peers.
The pitcher is in perfect condition with only some minor scratches to the base. Again, it weighs 8 pounds and measures 14 3/4″ tall.
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