Globe punch bowls are possibly my favorite shape in cut glass. They offer so much more to the shape and definition of a punch bowl than the more traditional top. It seems certain that this piece was made by J. Hoare as it has a swirled tusk collar – a technique they seemed to singularly used. Also, on some of their larger pieces, they embellished patterns to feature wedding-cake hobstars.
First, let’s talk about the hobstars. Huge, triple-layer hobstars alternate with each other – one having 32-points while the smaller of the two features 30. They’re meticulous and perfectly cut. Each is surrounded by triangular fields of crosshatching – making an almost 6-point star formation with the tremendous interior. Close to the plug of the bowl is cane cutting and fans. The base repeats the pattern perfectly and features the aforementioned swirled tusk collar. This is so much more impressive than the normal lapidary collar featured on 95% of punch bowls from the period.
This punch bowl is not only gorgeous but also gigantic – measuring 16″ high and 15″ tall! Altogether, it weighs 27 pounds! The blank is extremely thick (nearly 3/4″ thick) and exceptionally clear. The condition of this monumental pieces is also astonishing – there’s not a mark on the edges – just a few fleabites towards the interior of the bowl’s pattern. They are hardly noticeable and again, the bowl is in near-mint condition inclusive of that exception. Globe punchbowls are rare to begin, but ones this nice are hardly existent. Study the photos carefully – notice the depth of cutting and radiant, prismatic effect of the high quality blank – few punch bowls are this nice. Offered at a price you may see much lesser punch bowls for.
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