I’ve only ever seen this design three times. It’s an early pattern by Hawkes – one that is extremely well cut, deeply and wood-wheel polished.
Vesicas device large areas of very deeply cut hobstars. The vesicas are made up for a split center run of notching topped with crosshatching. It is topped with a another deeply cut hobstar separated by fanned fields. The center of the platter has 4 smaller, but exceptionally deep cut hobstars.
The polish/finish on the piece is second to none – early Hawkes achieved this with different levels of polish-some areas left unfinished for textural contrast. The blank of the tray is extremely thick and heavy and measures.
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