This salad set in Libbey’s Glenda design is one of my favorite forms of the Brilliant Period. It stands both strong and elegant and is an ingenious take on the far more common bowl with an under plate. It’s signed with the Libbey Trademark.
The Glenda’s most standout feature may very well be the edge treatment. Hobnail sits on either end of notched cutting and fans out right into the teeth – with one large scallop alternating with a sharp, “V” shape. Three vesicas houseing hobstars, crosshatching and a cross cut divide up the edge cutting. The interior of the pattern features pairs of the same sytle hobstar vesicas and 45 degree angles with checking at the top portion. The base of the bowl features an incredible lapidary knob with a deeply cut hobstar. The under platefeatures the smae design, but with an added checked motif of crosshatching and fans. Note how the under plate undulates in form-first a spot for the bowl to fit and then with the curved upward edge – this had to be extremely difficult to achieve.
The set is stunning on a crystal-clear blank measuring 11″ wide and 6 1/2″ tall. It’s in perfect condition. A similar set was for sale at the ACGA convention for $3900 – note the heavy discount on that retail value.
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