This is very easily the rarest shape for the Nautilus design. This was one of Hawkes premier patterns and is often seen on bowls and trays – but it’s practically never on upright pieces and this is the only flower center of vase I’ve ever seen in the design. It’s signed next to the pedestaled base of this Hawkes blank. I’ve held this piece in my collection for some time but it’s time for it to find a new home.
The Nautilus pattern displays eloquently on this piece – featuring arching circular bars of tight crosshatching. These arches frame a rainbow of notched prism and smaller fields of cane. Sitting perched above the crosshatching are smaller, diamond-shaped hobstars. Step cutting covers the neck and a 24-point hobstar is on the wafered base.
The condition of the flower center is pristine and flawless while the blank is exceptionally clear. It measures 8″ wide and 5 1/4″ tall. Many Nautilus bowls sell for the price of this flower center and this is far rarer of a piece.
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