I have only encountered a handful of pieces in Hawkes’ Albany design. Woody Auction sold a beautiful oval tray in this pattern in 2014 for $12,000. This piece is being offered at a mere fraction of that auction price.
The Albany pattern is one of the great weaving/braiding patterns in the same vein as Trellis and Lattice and Rosettes. A crossed cut square section of the design is framed on all sides by clear channels – which weave over one another. The design runs to the edge of the tray where it meets a notched border.
This rarity measures 10 3/4″ wide and 1″ tall. It’s on a stunning blank and signed in the center with the Hawkes trademark.
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