Estimate: $4,500 - $4,800
Description: The Estate Road Show Auctions is proud to showcase this Spectacular and Brilliantly Iridescent Steuben 4.875 inch bud vase finished in the RARE Gold Aurene lead glass, with the signature Steuben leaf & trailing vine pattern, augmented with entrained white Millefiori Dogwood cane ornamentation. Our example is further enhanced by the prolific use of the Prunus (Dogwood) lamp work canne, with no less than (12) separate blossoms, a Phenomenal number for a compact vase. The depth of the Iridescent salts and resultant luster, is simply stunning, and the depth of the leaves and vines is the perfect counterpoint to this antique Steuben Treasure. The color, forms, pattern, and dating has been verified, and can be seen on Pages #48 & #49 of Frederick Carder: Portrait Of A Glassmaker / The Corning Museum of Glass, The Rockwell Museum; on Page #239 of Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass / by Thomas P. Dimitroff w/ contributions by Charles R. Hadjamach, Jane Shadel Spillman and Robert F. Rockwell III; and on Plate III - B, in the color section of The Glass Of Frederick Carder / by Paul V. Gardner. Our base mark is also proper, and matches no less than 4 book & 3 other on line references that we have addressed. A LESS DYNAMIC BULBOUS 5 INCH VASE WAS LISTED AT $3,750, 15 YEARS AGO! This Steuben is in Superb condition, and belongs in any high end collection. Please see the Steuben history below. Steuben Glass Works was founded in the summer of 1903 by Fredrick C. Carder and Thomas G. Hawkes in Corning, New York. Hawkes was the owner of the largest cut glass firm then operating in Corning. Carder was an Englishman (born on 18 September 1863) who had many yearsâ¿¿ experience designing glass for Stevens and Williams in England. Hawkes purchased the glass blanks for his cutting shop from many sources and eventually wanted to start a factory to make the blanks himself. Hawkes convinced Carder to come to Corning and manage such a factory, and after having been passed over for promotion at Stevens and Williams, Carder consented. Steuben Glass Works started operation in October 1903, with Carder producing blanks for Hawkes and also beginning to produce cut glass himself. Carderâ¿¿s great love was colored glass and he had been instrumental in the reintroduction of colored glass while at Stevens and Williams. When Steubenâ¿¿s success at producing blanks for Hawkes became assured, Carder began to experiment with colored glass and continued experiments that were started in England. He soon perfected Gold Aurene which was similar to iridescent art glass that was being produced by Tiffany and others. Gold Aurene was followed by a wide range of colored art glass that eventually was produced in more than 7,000 shapes and 140 colors. Steuben Glass Works continued to produce glass of all sorts until World War I. At that time war time restrictions made it impossible for Steuben to acquire the materials needed to continue manufacture. The company was subsequently sold to Corning Glass Works and became the Steuben Division. Carder continued as Division manager without any real change in the companyâ¿¿s operation except that he now had reporting responsibilities to Corning Glass Worksâ¿¿ management. Corningâ¿¿s management tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to limit the articles that Steuben made to only the most popular. Production continued until about 1932. In 1932 there was a major change in Steuben management. The nationwide depression had limited the sale of Steuben and there was also a lessening of public interest in colored glass, so consequently, in February 1932, John MacKay was appointed to Carderâ¿¿s position and Carder was essentially put out to pasture as the Art Director of the Corning Glass Works. Frederick Carder was directly or indirectly involved with the glass industry for 100 years. The 1985 combined exhibition of the Rockwell & Corning Museums catalog listed three separate epochs relating to Carder. Section #1 is listed as The English Years 1863 â¿¿ 1903, Section #2 is Steuben Glass Works 1903 â¿¿ 1932, and Section #3 is The Studio Period 1932 â¿¿ 1963.
- Condition: EXC condition, very minor wear
- Provenance: Items from several estate from the Midwest and New England area.
- Dimensions: L: 2 W: 2 H: 4.875 LB: OZ: 6