In terms of American engraved work, it doesn’t get much better than this enormous charger by Hawkes. Cut and engraved in their Gravic style and signed as such, this piece is some of the deepest, most detailed engraving I’ve ever seen.
The photos really do speak for themselves – the flowers jump off the tray. There is an extreme amount of dimension in the work because of the depth and shading of the engraving. I can fit my entire thumb and then some into the Dahlia blossoms. Feathery swags wind around the tray with unbloomed flowers and smaller leaves. The rim is beveled and scalloped in the same manner that most of the high quality Gravic work is.
The size of this piece is staggering. The blank itself is 3/4″ thick which the tray is 15 1/2″ wide and 2″ wide weighing nearly 12 pounds! There just aren’t many examples this large, or this grand of American Engraved glass from this period.
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