This is an extremely impressive flared vase. I have seen this blank cut in Nordica by Blackmer, but do not know who made it. The amount of relief and depth of cutting, particularly at the base, is unbelievably striking. Obviously, to cut this deeply, the blank had to be quite thick to begin – the vase weighs close to 10 pounds.
Three stacked hobstars climb the upper portion of this vase. The are framed with split diamond cutting filled with crosshatching. Notching surrounds either side of these hobstars and runs into a sprouting deep fan towards the rim of the vase. Detailed, flat hobstars and crosshatching alternate with the aforementioned motif. The neck of the piece is step cut and leads into a very bulbous base. The base, as I mentioned, is extremely deeply cut. from the base or side, the depth is hard to fathom and plays a trick on the eye. I’ve tried to capture this in photos, but it’s impossible to capture how far the cutter was able to get his wheel into this thick glob of glass. The base is finished with a hobstar.
The vase is in perfect condition and measures 14″ tall and a full 7″ wide. Again, it’s particularly heavy and well cut – I have not seen another like it.
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