This is one of the finest pieces of cut glass, and certainly color, I’ve ever had the opportunity to offer. This oversize tankard, cased cranberry cut to clear, was made by Dorflinger in their ever-desirable No. 99 design. Dorflinger often reserved this pattern for some of their best pieces of color – and this one is no exception. Adding more draw to the piece is an elaborate Tiffany & Co collar.
The color shown is a vibrant, American cranberry and the precision with which the piece is cut is unparalleled. Bands of deeply cut cane are divided by notching where Dorflinger was still able to leave some of the color on this narrow motif. A chain of hobstars drapes down the sides and front of the pitcher as well – each hobstar center highlighted with a light fan to show off more color. All of the cranberry remains in tact along the base where a richly cut, 24-point hobstar can be found. The handle is cut in the old Dorflinger style of one thick, long band of cane. The Tiffany collar of this piece is extravagant and fit only for a piece of this caliber. Heavy, detailed grape vines extend across the lower edge with a dramatic sweep of the rim as it moves towards the handle. The lip of the pitcher is monogrammed with what appears to be, “MLC.” Possibly a relative of Charles T Cook for whom another similar pitcher was made.
This piece should not be considered without knowing that another important and extremely similar piece sold in 2008 (one of our country’s worst economic times). At a Woody Auction in St. Charles, Missouri, a different shaped pitcher, also cranberry cut to clear by Dorflinger in No. 99 with nearly the same Tiffany collar sold for $49,000. It is now regarded as one of the most valuable pieces of Dorflinger glass.. That pitcher was said to have been made as a presentation piece for the president of Tiffany at the time.
This pitcher measures 14 3/4″ tall, 6 1/2″ across the spout, 5 1/2″ across the base. It weighs 7 pounds and is in mint condition with the exception of one tiny nip in the handle cutting.
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