Vase with Silver Base

Object Name: 
Vase with Silver Base

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Object Name: 
Vase with Silver Base
Accession Number: 
98.4.9
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 23.3 cm; Diam: 18.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1939-1940
Web Description: 
After Thomas Hawkes died in 1913, his business was operated by his only son, Samuel. Samuel Hawkes, who had joined the firm about 1895, was trained as a businessman and not as a glass cutter. Nevertheless, he became a skillful designer, as this vase with an engraved spider web attests. Hawkes’ customers included leading jewelers all over North America, and this piece was made for a traveling exhibition circulated by the Hawkes firm to jewelry stores in 1940 and 1941. It is probably the only example produced in this design. The vase features a silver base. The Silver Department of the Hawkes company created a number of sterling mounts, mostly on “rock crystal engraved” wares. Some of the objects displayed in the jewelry store exhibition were sold at that time, others were donated to a Florida museum, and the remaining pieces - including this vase - were sold from the showroom of Hawkes’ Corning store.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Bacon, Howard J., Former Collection
Clingerman, Mary L., Source
1998-01-23
Category: 
Color: 
Inscription: 
Samuel Hawkes
Signature
Script diamond point engraved Near base of vase, just above silver base
"HAWKES STERLING"
Stamp
Stamped Underneath silver foot
"HAWKES"
Trademark
Acid-etched Base of glass below trefoil enclosing two hawks and a fleu-de-lis
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass, silver; blown, cut, copper-wheel-engraved, hand worked; bell-shaped vase with cut and polished top rim having a cut band of scallops and points just below the rim and two more in groves horizontally around the bowl, just above and just below a band of finely cut stars and hexagons; body engraved with a spider in a web with tree-branches at the edges of the web., silver foot rim fits over flat knob base.
Recent Important Acquisitions, 41 (1999) illustrated, p. 205, #56; BIB# AI43981
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1998 (1999) illustrated, p. 12;
The American Cut Glass Industry: T. G. Hawkes and His Competitors (1996) illustrated, p. 76, #2-50; BIB# 36646