This is an extremely rare pattern – I’ve only ever seen two examples and one was in an ACGA rarities exhibit at a convention. Blackmer’s Iris design was one of their most expensive to produce and likely required a great deal of skill to cut.
I think it’s likely Blackmer named this Iris for the way the pattern opens like a flower from the center. A central hobstar is framed with a deep, perfectly circular miter. Swirling leaves of cane sprout from that, with one bordering minor transforming into 3 sprigs of fan cutting. The other side of the miter curves all the way around like a fern and frames another perfectly circular hobstar. It is truly stunning.
The bowl is quite heavy and in perfect condition. It measures 9 1/4″ wide, 4″ tall. This pattern is not seen often and the difficulty in making it is likely the cause for the rarity.
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