This is the only example of this pattern I’ve ever seen – Sinclaire’s Vienna. It’s pictured in the Sinclaire book by Estelle Sinclaire Farrar. Plates of this size are unusual but one in this design, to my knowledge, is unheard of. This pieces is signed in the center with the Sinclaire trademark. This tray originally cost $37.50, a remarkable sum of money at the time.
Three crossed bars of cane converge in the center of this tray. They frame clusters of 7 hobstars each, all deeply cut with the precision that makes Sinclaire so desirable. The clusters are surrounded on all sides by crosshatching and fans while three larger, even deeper hobstars sit at the edge of the tray.
This piece is in immaculate condition and measures 13″ wide. The blank is exceptionally clear, water white unlike some gray Sinclaire blanks. Gorgeous detail and a innovative design, along with sheer rarity make this tray extremely desirable.
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