Gorgeous Libbey Wedgemere Tray SOLD
This piece appears to be in Libbey’s Wedgemere pattern. It is wood-wheel polished to silky perfection.
The Wedgemere pattern hinges on the center-most point of this tray. Deep miters radiate from that point in all directions. Some of the miters frame a deeply cut hobstar perched atop a smaller, deep hobstar. Fans separate both stars and they are framed on either side by notching. There are four bands of a criss-crossed crosshatching. On either side of these bars is surrounded on both sides by deep tusk cutting (supposedly one of the most difficult motifs of the period). Unusually, most Wedgemere has an additional crossed miter cutting over the tusks/non-hobstar pieces. This may have been changed to accommodate blank/shape or size.
Wedgemere is one of the most desirable designs of the Brilliant period and after handling this tray, it will become apparent why. It’s deeply cut, perfectly polished and features difficult to cut motifs. This piece measures and is in perfect condition except for one small, thin chip along side the notched prism motif.