These circular patterns are some of the most popular of the Brilliant Period and it’s readily apparent why. This one, in Fry’s Duquesne features interlocking circles of a variety of motifs that are aesthetically pleasing without over-complicating the design. Trays of this size are extremely rare and highly-desirable.
Three chains of “shooting” hobstars fill out one circle in the design. One tail of the shooting chain is made of triple-miter cane while the other two are split notching. The other circle is filled with two larger hobstars, fan, additional notching and crosshatching. The portion of the pattern that both circles share features sharply cut crosshatching while the center of the tray features a 20-point hobstar.
Again the tray is quite large- measuring in at 13 1/2″ wide. The blank is exceptionally clear and lets the pattern shine with clarity and radiance. Most plates in these circular patterns are 9 or 12″ wide, so to find one this large is a true rarity.
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