Compotes with this much size and presence are extremely difficult to come by. My grandparents, antique dealers themselves, had an identical match to this piece in there personal collection. In the mid 60′s they recognized the piece’s quality and uniqueness and kept it for themselves – now residing in my personal collection. It’s cut in Dorflinger’s No. 350 design.
The first things that draws my eye to this piece is the giant air-trapped stem. It’s elegant and completely hand (mouth)-made art. The entire, long stem of the compote is notched almost like an icicle. Even looking through the top of the compote you can see the air-bubble – it’s probably the largest I’ve ever seen. The design of the bowl features large, 8-pointed stars with crossatching between their top and bottom points. The left and right spaces have a crosscut which is repeated immediately outside of the 8-pointed star’s field. Long fans lead to a “shooting” hobstar, which alternates with the 8-pointed star motif. The base is scalloped and holds a huge 32-point hobstar.
Compotes like this simply do not come along – this is only the second one in over 50 years anyone in my family has seen. Light dances off of it, and it has long been a centerpiece of our collection. It’s 12″ tall and 10″ wide. The compote is in near-mint condition with just one tiny, razor-thin flake on the underside of the base
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