This bowl is cut in one of the most desirable designs of the Brilliant Period – Meriden’s Theodora. Meriden had some dynamite patterns like Rose Diamond and Byzantine and this piece is of the same quality as those super designs. Most bowls in this pattern are 9″ wide but this is over 10″ wide making it one of the largest pieces of Theodora known.
First, feast your eyes on the center of this piece – a 48-point hobstar! Hobstars with this many points are rare enough but this one has a clear thumbprint on the hob to keep it parallel with the rest of the pattern. Petals of cane sprout forth from the center hobstar ring and run towards the edge. A deep miter runs between each of these and has parallel lines cut up either side of it. Then beautiful 32-point hobstars with clear thumbnail hobstar adorn the edge of the piece. The overall effect makes it look like many blooming flowers made of hobstars. It’s remarkable.
The bowl is in excellent condition and measures 10 3/8″ wide and just under 4 1/2″ tall. The blank is perfectly clear and highlights one of the most desirable and recognizable patterns of the period.
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