This is one of my favorite designs of the Brilliant Period – I have only ever seen it in bowls, and just a handful at that, but the quality is unparalleled. The wide variety of high-quality motifs is unseen in other patterns of the period.
What I find most impressive about this piece is the cushion of tusk cutting that is made in a perfect circle, providing a pillow for the deep hobstar to be cut into it – again, I’ve never seen this type of work, but it must have required an extreme amount of skill to achieve. Framing these deep, tusk circles are bands of unusual crosscutting, hobnail, notching, and a highly detailed crosscut. These bands all run up to the edge and make the hobstars pop. Again, the hobstars are carved extremely deep into the three pillows of tusk cutting.
The bowl is in perfect condition and on the clearest of blanks. It measures 9″ in diameter and 2 1/2″ tall.
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