This is a Dorflinger Rock Crystal punch bowl . All the entire piece, including the collar is done in clear tusk and then polished copper wheel engraving on each tusk by Joseph Horn as cited in the documents. I have copies of original documents (attached) . Shown is an invoice from John Dorflinger to Arthur Roth in 1950. John had matching punch cups made in the 50′s, but I do not have these – they are discussed in the letter. According to John, this was a one of a kind, museum quality piece. The buyer, Arthur Roth, was apparently a well known businessman known as “Mr. Long Island” – more can be found here.
This piece was sold at Rago auction in 2009 for $6765 (including premium) with a chip – it has now been restored to undetectable perfection. The documents are from that auction, and I do not have them in hand but do have the copies. The punch cups, which wouldn’t be of much value, are not with the punch bowl any longer. Considering a clear Montrose punch bowl just sold for $9375 (including premium) at auction, I’d think this would be a more than fair deal.
The punch bowl is 14″ wide and just under 12″ tall and on the finest of Dorflinger blanks. The 16 clear tusks would make this punch bowl impressive enough, but combine the history and the detailed rock-crystal engraving, and you have a fabulous piece with the provenance to match.
Pattern: Rock Crystal Engraving
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