I believe this extremely well-done bowl was cut by Hawkes in the earlier part of the Brilliant Period. It is reminiscent and carries many elements of Hawkes early Imperial design and if you compare the two side by side, the similarities and style jump out.
The pattern is quite complex and features bars of crosshatching running from a center, square hobstar formation towards the edge of the bowl. These bars frame large 8-sided hobstars which are wood wheel polished to perfection. Weaving deep miters run throughout the design splitting up the other elements and creating an almost “Wedgmere-like” effect. The rim on this bowl is unlike any I’ve ever seen – it’s made of crosshatched lobes which contain a split cut in each lobe. The recessed portions come down to a “U” which also supports the Hawkes attribution.
I believe this design is one of the nicest unknowns I’ve ever seen (and the only example I’ve ever seen). The bowl is on the clearest of blanks and wood-wheel polished to a silky perfection. It’s in excellent condition with one tiny flake at the edge and measures 9” wide and 3 3/4” tall.
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