I have never seen this design before, but it is shown in the Straus Macy catalog reprint by the ACGA. The cutting is described by Straus as, “of the highest grade, is continuous and covers the entire piece.” The piece is very heavy for its size and wood wheel polished by hand.
Four vesicas of an unusal crosscut cane spur from the center of the piece. In between those are two very deep hobstars that extend all the way back to the center. In between the besicas is also a fan of notching. More unusual crossed-cane cutting forms bands around the entire piece, joining at flat hobstars.
The piece is in excellent condition and a very unusual shape – measuring 11″ long, 8″ wide and 4″ tall. There are two very small rough points on the base where the bowl rests – extremely small and difficult to notice.
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