This extremely rare vase was made by the craftsmen of the Dorflinger Glass company. This piece in particular will forever be solidified as one of the most important piece of American color cut glass – it is the sole piece prominentally on the cover of Feller’s Dorflinger: America’s Finest Glass, 1852-1921. Known American pieces of color are extremely difficult to find and this exhibits an extremely high level of skill in the achievement of what could be done in color. The vibrant shade of green used on this example on further carries the idea of the beautiful leaves engraved throughout this piece.
The top portion of the vase is completely cut with rock crystal work. The engraving displays realistic falling leaves and branches. The amount of relief in the color-to-clear work is astonishing. They left and removed perfect amounts of the colored layer of glass to provide meticulous detail. The lower portion of the vase is cut with hobnail, providing a wonderfully decorative geometric band to contrast the realistic work that covers the top 3/4 of the vase. Ovoid punties rest in the upper portion of the hobnail cutting. The base is finished with a rayed star.
The vase is in perfect condition with the exception of one tiny area in the hobnail The color portion of one, and only one, of the hobnails has been lightly chipped away. This does not detract from the overall effect of the vase and again, is extremely small. The vase measures 12 1/4″ tall and 5 3/4″ wide.
I absolutely love the form of this carafe – I’ve always referred to it as a genie’s bottle. This footed carafe and matching tumblers ares in Libbey’s Corinthian pattern. Interestingly, only one of the tumblers is signed.
I consider this carafe to be the best blank for a carafe in the brilliant period – not only is it pedestaled, but it’s dramatic sweeping neck and flaring mouth really set it apart from all others. The Corinthian pattern displays perfectly on the form. Well done diamond shaped hobstars are divided by crosshatching and a strawberry-diamond cutting. The base of the decanter is rayed and the neck is fluted and notched. In the pinch of the neck of the decanter, there is even the wonderfully optical St. Louis diamond cut. Both tumblers match the carafe perfectly and are the perfect compliment to round out the set.
The carafe measures 9″ tall and 6″ wide while the tumblers are 3 5/8″ tall and 3″ wide. All three pieces are in perfect condition on sparkling, clear blanks.
This wonderful 12″ tray is cut in Hawkes’ highly collectible Devonshire pattern. The blank on this piece exceptionally thick and heavy – I’m guessing it is an older piece and it is unsigned.
The Devonshire continually expands with a variety of contrasting motifs. At the core of the tray is 12 split-point hobstar. Following this hobstar are kite-shaped fields of cross hatching. Either side of the crosshatching is flanked by crystal clear uncut areas. The second to last portion of the devonshire includes large diamond-shaped fields of strawberry diamond cutting. Finally, mirror-like fans top off the pattern as they make their way up to the serrated edge.
It is crucial to understand the quality of blank this piece is on – the finest, heaviest, and most brilliant one I’ve ever seen a piece of Devonshire on. It measures exactly 12″ wide and 1 3/8″ tall. The tray is in nearly perfect condition with only some very minor pattern roughness.
Often times, swirled patterns of the Brilliant Period are referred to as comet cutting/work. It’s often thought that all of these patterns were designed to celebrate the coming of Haley’s comment. I think logic would tell us that the swirling style is just plain attractive. This version of a comet pattern is unknown to me, but the cutting is very similar to works of both Dorflinger and Straus.
Two swirling vesicas alternate with one another around this entire bowl. The first features 4-rayed stars. This exact motif can be seen on another swirled pattern – Straus’s unique. The other vesica involves a cutting I’ve never seen before – two double mitered 6-pointed stars which house another 6-point star are stacked horizontally across the vesica. It’s rare that I come across a type of work I haven’t seen before, but this stands out as complete singular. In between each vesica is a field of crosshatching and notching. The rim of the piece is finished with large fans and the center features a large 24 split point hobstar!
This gorgeous bowl is in great condition with only a few minor flakes to the cutting. It measures 9 3/8″ wide and 4″ tall. The blank is wonderfully clear and the cutting is completely wood wheel polished to perfection.
Tuthill’s Rex pattern is easily one of the most desirable patterns of the period. This slight variation is absolutely incredible. The blank of the bowl is not only extremely thick and heavy, but also a particularly unusual shape. It’s a combination between a round, oblong, AND fold-over bowl. It’s very impressive to say the least.
The central, flower-like connection of 12 vesicas of cane immediately draws your eye into this intense pattern. The pattern seems to continue to bloom forth from this flower. A chain of hobstars, housed by notching, triangular fields and crosshatching, adorn the entire exterior rim of the piece.
This large bowl is in perfect condition save for one area with a horizontal chip to the notched cutting. This very heavy piece measures 10 1/4″ long, 9″ wide, and 3″ wide.
This is a really neat piece, especially the handle. The handle is made up of three globs of pulled glass which elegantly decrease in size towards the outside of the piece. It’s really a testament to the skill of the glass maker. I always thought this was the Minton pattern, but I’m not so sure anymore. It is signed Hawkes in the center.
The center portion of this pattern consists of a cluster of 8-point jeweled center stars. The tip of each one of these stars meets a fan of notched prism. Lying between each of these fans is a richly cut hobstar. The awesome, 3 lobed handle is notched up the center column.
This heart shaped dish is in perfect condition with only some minor pattern roughness present. The blank is exceptional and measures 6″ wide and 2 1/2″ tall.
While Egginton is most heavily associated with the Trellis pattern, Hoare also cut a rendition which is featured in their catalog. This bowl, signed Hoare, shows some of their finest and rarest work on a stunning piece of quality glass. With just one glance at this piece, it becomes apparent why this is one of the most desirable patterns of the Brilliant Period.
The Trellis pattern is glorious in it’s optical effect – clear channels of glass appear to weave over and under on another making a lattice work that is second to none. Hobstars lie between each “block” of clear channel work. The precisions and depth of cutting is particularly impressive with knobs being made with each hobstar. This rendition of Trellis is extremely sharp!
The bowl measures 8 1/4″ wide and 3 1/4″ tall. The blank is stunning and highlights the deep, clear channels throughout the piece. The bowl is in perfect condition save for one tiny flake in the cutting.
This deeply engraved intaglio set was done in Pairpoint’s Apple pattern. There is one central platter and six individual serving dishes. It is rare to find sets this entirely complete, especially of this quality.
The central tray features two overlapping apples hanging from a branch and surrounded by many leafs and other, smaller apples. The entire border is made up of weaving apples, branches and leaves. The smaller dishes carry the same border and show one apple, gently hanging from a branch. The detail, depth and realistic nature of this intaglio is equal, if not better than many pieces of Tuthill.
Both the tray and the dishes are quite heavy. Each one has a recessed portion and then a lip (where the patter border is displayed). The set is in astonishingly great condition, aside from surface scratching, there is only one chip (can be seen in the first photo on the right) to one of the smaller dishes – all the other pieces are perfect. The platter measures 10 1/2″ wide and 1 1/4″ tall. Each of the serving dishes is 5 1/4″ wide and just under 1″ tall. I’m offering this entire set for a bargain price that you will not likely see any other set of this quality offered for.
This is quite an interesting piece. I feel strongly that it’s a toasting champagne flute, however it could be argued it is a bud vase. I think the shape and size is undeniably that of a champagne flute and the fire-polished rim (the typical treatment for all drinking vessels of the period) further supports my argument. Either way, this piece can handily hold your nicest garden flowers or finest Dom Pérignon.
The Harvard pattern is setup is elegantly on this stem. Starting from the bottom, 4 fields of croshatching setup the rest of hte pattern. Large fields of deeply cut fan sit in between each of the crosshatched fields. Above each of these are alternating panels of crosshatching with a mitered frame and strawberry diamond. Fan adorns the top portion of the pattern. What extremelyl nice about his piece is the scalloped, hobstar base!
The stem is in perfect condition (it does have a couple of tiny air-bubbles in the base). It measures 8″ tall and 3″ across the base.
Companies often reserved their poppy patterns for the best display of engraving – this bowl is no exception. It is signed, along the edge, with the Hawkes Gravic logo.
The workmanship on this bowl is exceptional. It is a prime example as to why the engravers who made such pieces were paid significantly more than the cutters. Poppy buds and flowers swirl throughout the pattern. The full poppy flower is carved breathtakingly deep – the ridge where the petals of the flower fold over is razor sharp and gives way to the deepest relief possible. It leaves me wondering how they didn’t carve into the interior of the bowl? The rim is finished in a unique way of 4 grouped, large scallops with one even larger in between the next grouping.
Hawkes Gravic work, for whatever reason, is extremely undervalued currently. This stuff is as good, if not better than quite a bit of the Tuthill work out there, yet the prices are extremely reasonable. At one time this was easily a $600 bowl and I’m now offering it for nearly half of that. The bowl measures 9 1/8″ wide and a very deep 4 1/8″ tall.
This beautiful nappy looks to be the work of Bergen or Libbey. Most nappies are neglected little pieces and not particularly well-done. This piece is an exception to that commonly held notion.
The center of the pattern is essentially made up of a 6-point star formation. This structure uses 7 large hobstars and 6 tiny, Christmas-style stars to fill out this section. In between each point of the formation there is a clear field topped with notched prism. Above each pillar of notched prism is a 3-branched fan.
The blank on this piece is particularly stunning and bright. This small dish is in perfect condition and measures 6 1/4″ wide and 1 1/2″ tall.
This piece is somewhat a departure from a lot of typical Hawkes work. The first thing one will notice is the unusual, almost football shape of the bowl. This blank, which curves in on all sides, is unfamiliar to me. It seems to combine a good bit of their other, known patterns and then add some more seldom-seen motifs. The piece is signed in the center with the Hawkes trefoil.
The pattern of the bowl borrows heavily from several patterns – immediately Brazilian and Dorothea come to mind. Two conjoined 8-point hobstars circle the perimeter while being divided by fans. The two hobstars are framed by elongated points of parallel, feather-like cutting. In between each of these points are clear panels and yet another 8-point star. I find the center of the bowl quite fascinating. It features a cluster of tiny hobstars (something that I don’t recall in any Hawkes patterns). This cluster formation, containing 8-hobstars, is not something I ever recall seeing in any of the cut glass patterns.
The bowl is in great condition with 3 very minor chips on the rim – no shape is lost. It measures 10″ long, 7 3/4″ wide, and 3 3/8″ tall. This unique piece is on a wonderfully clear blank.