This bowl is something I’ve never seen displayed in American cut glass – a full, highly detailed Asian (likely Chinese or Japanese) scene. The pattern is a near match to the famous porcelain Blue Willow pattern. It’s likely Hawkes made this on special request to go with someone’s China set. It is signed in the center with the Hawkes trefoil. The bowl is highly detailed and the photos really show better than I could ever achieve in words. Even the roof slats are shaded by the engraver.
The engraving on this bowl features two identical pagodas, surrounded on either side by two different types of trees. Elaborate fencing protects the yard of each pagoda. Two differing scenes are depicted on either side of the pagodas. The first features two workers crossing a bridge. The waterway in the background features a sailboat with collected crop on its back. The second scene shows a single man crossing a bridge. In the background there is a paddle boat with a man rowing it. Overhead there are two birds crossing each others path. The center is finished off in an Asian-styled 4 leaf clover or wreath while the rim has a slatted border design.
Again, the amount of detail and variety within the engraving on this bowl are incredibly unusual for an American piece of cut glass. The bowl is in perfection condition and measures 7 1/2″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall. I can’t stress how unusual it is to find a piece like this by an American cutting firm – truly a rarity and conversation piece!
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