What’s there to say about this piece that one can’t observe from the photos? This is a gorgeous piece cut in one of the most desirable patterns of the Brilliant Period – Meriden’s Theodora. Meriden reserved this blank for their best patterns – I have also seen it cut in Rose Diamond and Byzantine. This is the only piece of Theodora I’ve seen on this blank, adding to the rarity.
The Theodora pattern has always reminded me of bursting geometric flowers. The stem is a deep miter cut between angled, parallel lines, sprouting outward. At the top is the flower, laced with hobstar points as petals with the most beautiful center. The center of the hobstar is actually a scalloped punty with just an extremely fine, flat frame of the glass left around it. It’s astonishing to me that Meriden hit that motif every single time on the Theodora pattern. Separating each “flower” is a triangular field of cane. The neck of the piece is step cut and the base is finished with another hobstar. Please not the depth of cutting to achieve the hobstar center in profile views in the photos.
The vase is in nearly perfect condition with a tiny little fleabite sitting atop the scalloped rim. The vase measures 9 3/4″ tall and 4 3/4″ wide. The blank is perfectly clear. It’s obvious this is a true rarity and should get snatched up immediately – this patterns popularity never fades and on a shape as unusual as this really drives the value.
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