Sinclaire was one of the best cutting and engraving shops of the Brilliant Period. This piece shows exactly what they were able to achieve. It combines the highest quality glass in a spectacular and graceful form. This large centerpiece’s blank is shown in one of the blank books that I can’t place right now. It is unsigned, but I have seen the same blank signed in a very plain motif.
The geometric portion of this piece borrows exactly from this compote signed Sinclaire. It combines silvery crosshatching interspersed with clear-buttoned hobstars. The rest of the piece is fluted and covered with beautiful, flowery engraving. The large base is oval in shape with deep flutes on the upper portion and a huge hobstar on the underside. While the cutting and engraving is perfect for this piece, the blank is truly captivating. It is blown on on the sides, yet flairs at the end. The shape of the foot only parallels the upper bout of the piece. This centerpiece is dramatic while remaining completely appealing.
The blank is exceptionally clear and measures 13 1/4″ long, 8 1/2″ wide and 8 1/4″ tall. Even the base measures 6 1/2″ long and 5 3/8″ wide! It’s in exceptional condition with no flaws. Libbey makes a “bananna-boat” style shape like this as well and it sells for roughly the same price. I find this piece to far exceed (in terms of quality and beauty) the Libbey ones and it’s far rarer.
Shape: Footed Centerpiece
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