Vase with Spider Web Pattern

Object Name: 
Vase with Spider Web Pattern

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Object Name: 
Vase with Spider Web Pattern
Accession Number: 
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: 
Vase with Spider Web Pattern. Colorless glass; sterling silver; blown, cut, engraved, flaringcylindrical shape with cylindrical disk foot which fits into stepped silver foot. Decoration of spider in web between two flowing tree branches. Four bands of cutting, one wide near rim. Half band of cut ovals alternating with diamonds on outside edge of rim, wide band flanked by two smaller bands of (?) alternating ovals and diamonds.
Recent Important Acquisitions, 41 (1999) illustrated, p. 205, #56; BIB# AI43981
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1998 (1999) illustrated, p. 12; BIB# AI95009
The American Cut Glass Industry: T. G. Hawkes and His Competitors (1996) illustrated, p. 76, #2-50; BIB# 36646