I absolutely adore this piece in Libbey’s very rare and extremely well done Rosella pattern. This was Libbey’s most expensive pattern according to their catalog – more than Aztec, Marcella and the various other Libbey rarities. Unfortunately, this piece has a crack in one of the handle attachments. It’s completely stable, but there nonetheless. The piece is signed Libbey on the edge.
The Rosella pattern is a beautiful display of William C. Anderson’s finest design traits. A chain of clear button hobstars runs along hte edge of the piece surrounded by feathering and a checked motif. The center four-point formation is made up for 4 clear button hobstars, crosshatching, and a larger, central hobstar. The rope handle is a display of genius glassmaking with twisted molten glass and the ends are crosshatched.
The basket measures 9″ long and 7 3/4″ wide. As mentioned before, one handle attachment is damaged but the basket is in otherwise perfect condition. The glass and cutting is of the highest, brilliant quality.
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