This bowl, cut in Taylor Brothers’ Bellevue pattern, is a sparkling example of the height of the Brilliant Period. Taylor Brothers really hit their stride with this pattern – it features a unique design which stands out against all others. This piece of Bellevue is particularly unusual as it features four circles, as opposed to the usual three in the design.
The Bellevue pattern’s main draw is large clear, concentric circles. Clear, curved miters like this were difficult to cut and provide a stunning display. The first circle contains a large hobstar. Framed with a wide, clear miter the next layer of the circle has hobstars separated by split bands of crosshatching. Dividing each circle is a section of three types of cutting. The first field of cutting features a hobstar. The following level houses cane cutting and the final layer is filled with hobnail The center of the bowl has one more circle featuring a 24-point hobstar framed with four bands of crosshatching. Another main feature of this design is the “colonial edge”. This is a perpetual band of crosshatching that undulates with the pattern – it’s a striking and welcome difference from the usual serrated edge.
The bowl is in absolutely perfect, original condition. There’s hardly a scratch on the surface. The blank, as would be expected, is exceptionally clear. This exact piece is shown in the Taylor Brothers catalog and measures just over 9 3/4″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall . A rare and extremely attractive piece to be certain.
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