This bowl is cut in the rare and extremely well-done Wedgemere pattern by Libbey. Wedgemere was one of Libbey’s early patterns so the entire piece is wood-wheel polished and deeply cut. The blank, like many of the earlier Libbey, is exceptional.
The Wedgemere pattern hinges on the center-most point of this bowl. Deep miters radiate from that point in all directions. Some of the miters frame a deeply cut hobstar perched atop a smaller, deep hobstar. Crosshatching separated both stars and they are framed on either side by notching. There are four bands of a criss-crossed crosshatching. On either side of these bars is surrounded on both sides by deep tusk cutting (supposedly one of the most difficult motifs of the period).
This is one of those pieces you must hold to appreciate – extremely deep cutting polished to mirror-like perfection. The bowl measures 9 1/4″ wide and 4″ tall. It’s in excellent condition save for two tiny clambshells to the interior of the rim that hardly take away any depth at all. This is an excellent opportunity to own one of the most popular patterns of the Brilliant Period for a very fair price – most piece in this pattern exceed the $1000 threshold.
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