This deep basket is cut in Libbey’s extremely rare and well-done Rosella design. This was Libbey’s most expensive pattern according to their catalog – more than Aztec, Marcella and the various other Libbey rarities. 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 the edge of the basket undulating on four loops. Each loops frames a large hobstar with fans on its left and right. A small clear button hobstar is housed in a triangle with three triangular crosshatched fields. The base is finished with a 20-point hobstar and the handle is v-shaped and fluted and notched.
This is rare piece in both form and shape. It measures 11″ high, 8″ long, and 6″ wide. The blank is second to none and the same goes for the cutting. The condition remains flawless. I have never seen another one of these, though I do happen to have a smaller, rope-handled version in this same design!
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