Rare Taylor Brothers Bellevue Carafe – SOLD
The Bellevue pattern is a classic and blends Victorian with more modern stylings. Taylor Brothers really hit their stride with this pattern – it features a unique design which stands out against all others. The pattern adapts quite well to the ball shaped form, showing a vertical display – which is unusual for this pattern.
The Bellevue pattern’s main draw is large clear, concentric circles. Clear, curved miters like this were difficult to cut and provide a stunning display. The first circle contains a large hobstar. Framed with a wide, clear miter the next layer of the circle has hobstars separated by split bands of crosshatching. Dividing each circle is a section of three types of cutting. The first field of cutting features a hobstar. The following level houses cane cutting and the final layer is filled with hobnail. The base of the carafe is finished with a 24-point hobstar. The neck is fluted and notched with a deep, clear ring in the center.
The carafe is a on a great, clear blank and in great condition. There is some very minor scratching at the bottom of the neck and one tiny flake in the cutting. It measures just over 8″ tall and 6″ in diameter. I checked with a collector of Bellevue and this is the only one he knows outside of his extensive collection – an obvious rarity.