Simply put, this is one of the nicest bowls I’ve ever offered – it’s cut in Pitkin & Brooks Mayflower design. Mayflower was P&B’s most expensive and meticulous cuts – and this bowl is just an exceptional example.
The very center of the pattern starts with what is an unusual, flat hobstar. It’s almost framed in an extra miter which is a technique I can’t remember ever seeing. It is surrounded on all four sides by tight Russian cutting. The Russian cutting is dived by bars of notching. The center design somehow leads into vesicas which feature fourteen tiny little hobstars. It incredible how they were able to achieve such small detail. These are topped with cane cutting and framed on either side by crosshatching. In the valleys in between each vesica, there is a hobstar – but not just any hobstar – this hobstar has an interior hobstar that has 5-miters per points. Look through your own collection and see how often you see that. It’s no mystery why this pattern was significantly more expensive that anything else in the Pitkin & Brooks reference material.
This bowl is oversized and in perfect condition – measuring 10 1/2″ wide and 4 3/4″ tall. The quality of Pitkin & Brooks finer pieces is extremely undervalued – this bowl is as good, if not better than some of the most desirable designs of the Brilliant Period
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