Vase with Silver Base

Object Name: 
Vase with Silver Base

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Object Name: 
Vase with Silver Base
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Overall H: 23.3 cm; Diam: 18.7 cm
On Display
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.
Bacon, Howard J., Former Collection
Clingerman, Mary L., Source
Samuel Hawkes
Script diamond point engraved Near base of vase, just above silver base
Stamped Underneath silver foot
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