This pitcher is from my own personal collection and I’ve had it for 12 years. Albany is almost never seen and is one of Hawkes rare weaving patterns like Willow. To make this piece even rarer, it’s cut on a particularly unusual blank. The piece is signed with the Hawkes trademark. A tray in this pattern sold at Woody Auction not long ago for $12,000.
Clear, deep channels weave around crosscuts and full fan squares. This motif surrounds the entire middle of the body of this pitcher. The extra long lip is fluted and notched and the handle is quintuple notched. The base of the pitcher is extremely unusual. Heavy glass was blowout out and carved with deep punties. Around each puntie, the piece was shaped with rounded scallops – creating the impression that each portion is blown out – all achieved with the cutter’s wheels. The base is covered in a large 24-point hobstar.
This pitcher is in pristine condition and one I’ve cherished for many years. I hope to pass it on to someone that can enjoy it as much as I have.
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