This bowl features a dynamic pattern that uses some wonderful motifs. The piece is wood-wheel polished and features the U-notch on the rim. It’s highly likely this is an early piece of Hawkes.
The bowl combines some motifs of both Hawkes’ Aberdeen (with tusks) and Libbey’s Wedgemere. The central six-point hobstar formation has bands of swirled, pointed strawberry diamond cutting that work their way out towards the edge of the bowl. Situated between each one is a rounded clear tusk, surrounded on both sides with a crosscut, crosshatched tusk. The edge is finished in deeply cut hobstars.
The blank of this piece is exceptional and highlights the clear tusks particularly well. This may be a one-off piece – I’ve never seen the design before. The bowl measures 9″ wide and just under 2″ tall. It’s in perfect condition. The combination of the difficult clear tusks, swirled design, wood wheel polish and exceptional blank make this piece pop – it’s a spectacular example of ingenuity in cut glass.
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