This fabulous punch bowl and ladle are cut in Hawkes’ Kensington. While most ladles of the period are silverplated, this one is is actually Gorham sterling – bringing even more desirability to the set. The bowl is signed with the large Hawkes trefoil in the center.
Kensington, one of Hawkes’ premier patterns displays wonderfully on this piece. Spokes unfold around the perimeter of the bowl housing richly cut hobstars and clear-button hobstars are tapering upward, divided by triple miter cutting.. Sitting between each spoke is a richly cut hobstar flanked on either side with Kohinoor cutting. The rim of the piece is decorated with even deeper, larger cut hobstars. The plug of the bowl is cut with another deep hobstar while the colar of the base features a band of clear button, 8-pointed stars. The ladle of the handle is elegantly curved and somehow features this particularly complex pattern. They even cut an unusual 4-pointed hobstar formation on the tip of it.
The punch bowl is quite large, measuring over 14 3/4″ wide and over 13″ tall. The ladle is 13 1/2″ long. The blank is wonderfully clear and heavy and sets off this particularly brilliant pattern. It’s in perfect condition. Punch bowls this great seldom come along, but a matching ladle is nearly unheard of – especially with silver.
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