This is a particularly unusual shape for Alhambra. It’s a sandwich plate with a wafer/short pedestal. The glass is quite thick and heavy towards the center where the blank is about twice as thick. The rim treatment is also unusual for Alhambra, but this is how Meriden cut this blank.
Below the rounded, scallop edge top is a chain of cut and unpolished Greek key. The rest of the Alhambra pattern is composed of chains of hobstars and bands of cane. The underside of the wafer is cut with a notching around the perimeter. The cutting on this plate is considerably precise, tight, and sharp and the glass is beautifully clear.
This piece measures 10″ in diameter and is in perfect condition. Alhambra is one of the most desirable patterns of the Brilliant Period – this shape is one of the rarer forms it was cut in.
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