Pitcher with Portrait of Thomas Hawkes

Object Name: 
Pitcher with Portrait of Thomas Hawkes

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Object Name: 
Pitcher with Portrait of Thomas Hawkes
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 38.4 cm, W: 21.5 cm, D: 15.1 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift in part of Richard and Joan Randles, by exchange from Mrs. M. H. Riviere
Web Description: 
This pitcher was engraved by William Morse, an engraver for the Hawkes company from about 1903 until his death in 1921. Thomas Hawkes, the founder of the company, died in 1913 and this was probably commissioned as a memorial shortly after his death. The engraving on the reverse is the Hawkes family coat of arms. William Morse was born in Corning in the 1880’s and trained as an engraver by H.W. Fritchie in 1901-1903 when he was in his mid-teens. He was one of the best engravers in the area by 1910 and it was natural that Samuel Hawkes should choose him to create the portrait of his father. The pitcher remained in the showroom of the Hawkes firm until after it closed in 1962 and was then sold to a private collector.
From the Cutter's Wheel, Former Collection
Randles, Dick, Source
Randles, Joan, Source
W.H. Morse
Engraved On bottom portion of bust of Hawkes.
Primary Description: 
Pitcher with Portrait of Thomas Hawkes. Colorless glass; blown in an optical ribbed mold, tooled, applied, engraved. Large ovoid pitcher with tooled neck and pouring spout, applied handle from shoulder to body, applied solid knop and flat circular foot with polished pontil mark; acid stamped HAWKES trefoil trademark below handle; portrait of Thomas Hawkes with his signature on one side; Hawkes coat of arms with motto VIRTUEIE NON VI (BY VIRTUE NOT BY FORCE); signed "W.H. MORSE" below portrait.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2004 (2005) illustrated, p. 13; BIB# AI90240
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, p. 235, #44; BIB# AI66969
Recent Acquisitions (2005) illustrated, p. 14, middle; BIB# AI65630