The DuBarry pattern, by Quaker City, was the company’s crowning achievement in design and cutting. The precision and combination of motifs laid out on the best blanks really sets this bowl apart from all others. Only a handful of pieces in this pattern are known and it was probably due to the price at the time of manufacture – it was the most expensive pattern Quaker City produced. In my experience, the blanks that Quaker City chose for this pattern are extremely thick and clear, and this bowl is no exception.
The DuBarry pattern revolves around four large, deeply cut circles. The circles engulf four hobstars dispersed among cross cutting of crosshatched fields and fans. Each of these circles sits nestled above a tightly cut field of crosshatching. The center of the bowl features hobnail and four vesicas of a single, tiny hobstar each. The detail in cutting such a small hobstar is astounding. Bands of cane curve forth from the center and meet the base of a large hobstar. Resting above each hobstar is a small hobstar flanked on either side by crosshatching.
The blank is not only extremely thick, but also very clear. The heavy bowl measures 8″ wide and 3 3/4″ tall. It’s in pristine condition with no damage. This is one of the rarest and most well done patterns of the Brilliant Period – a pattern every collector should strive to get a hold of.
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