Top Tier Quality Hawkes Handled Gravic Tray – SOLD
This tray embodies what great engraving is all about – realistic subject matter coming to life with deep, intaglio engraving. This piece was done by Hawkes Gravic, but is unsigned as far as I can tell – I’d assume rubbed off over it’s 120 year life.
This museum-quality piece speaks for itself – Gravic styled vines extend their way around the perimeter of the tray – the branches are deeply engraved and polished out while the leaves are set like fronds in fan-formation. This all frames the center which features 2 large pairs and 2 gourd like forms – perhaps a pumpkin or muskmelon. The handles are fully engraved with additional leaves and flowers.
The piece is truly museum quality – Hawkes was really showing off with this one. It measures 14 1/4″ long, 7 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ tall. The blank is extra thick and the engraving quite deep as a result. It has a few tiny flecks around the rim, but is in excellent condition.
Shape: Handled Ice Cream Tray