This set, featuring a 13″ tray and twelve matching 7″ plates is exceptional – something that I’ve never seen before. It’s cut in Sinclaire’s appropriately named Star & Pillar pattern. All pieces are signed. The blank on each piece is wonderfully clear – which is necessary with all the clear tusk work throughout each plate. The set has an incredible, bowl-you-over presence and very few sets of this size and quality exist.
The large plate features a central hobstar framed by a circle of double-miter trellis. The most beautiful, wide clear tusks sprout from the center and run to the edge where they meet richly cut hobstars. Incredible depth is acheived on each of these tusks, hand carved with the naked eye. The smaller, matching plates have a hobstar framed with a deep circular miter. The tusks, like the larger platter, run to deeply cut hobstars at the edge.
Perhaps most remarkable about this set is its condition – all pieces are nearly flawless, with just a few surface scratches here and there. It appears this was never used. Somehow all 13 pieces survived for over 100 years, unscathed. The large platter measures just over 13″ wide and just over 1 1/2″ tall. The twelve matching plates each measure 7″ wide.
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