Introduced in 1959, the 11 1/4" #0055 Moby Dick remains one of the all time best Steuben Glass Exhibition Pieces. The detailed design is a major cutting and engraving achievement as the decoration is not merely an illustration but an integral component of the form---a magical interpretation of the mortal struggle between Captain Ahab and the great white whale from Herman Melville's epic novel. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1979 as a companion piece to his #0241 Raccoon, the 8 1/2" wide #0262 Beaver is a James Houston limited edition of 20. This outstanding design features a crystal roundel--copper wheel engraved on the back with a beaver poised on a dam of sticks. Preparing to enlarge its construction project, the beaver gnaws on a tree branch. Its small, rounded ears are pricked, its eyes vigilant. A characteristic flat tail is partly submerged in a stream. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1982 and designed by the legendary James Houston, the #0328 Kingfisher is a solid crystal form engraved by copper wheel on the back with the artist's interpretation of a young, female Belted Kingfisher perched on a bare branch over a stream, its eye trained on two small fish swimming below. The watchful bird is poised to make its characteristic headlong dive into the water in pursuit of a meal. With its tufted crown, sharp beak and feathered markings, this eager and persistent fisherman is portrayed to display the engraver's skill. A shallow, cut depression on the front of the crystal form provides an illusion of the surface of the stream. Three concave cuts on the underside give the appearance of stones on the streambed. Limited to an edition of 50. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed by Bernard X. Wolff and introduced in 1984, the 8 3/4" wide and 6 1/2" high #0358 Monument Valley is a solid crystal form cut and deeply sand sculpted to depict a moon-drenched scene--buttes, spires, dunes and sand flats such as nature carves from sandstone at various breathtaking locations in Arizona and Utah---Monument Valley being one of the most spectacular!! The pale cut moon hovers above the fantasy landscape; in some light, it appears as a blazing sun. This extremely heavy masterwork---one of only a few Steuben Glass exhibition pieces featuring the American Southwest---is properly signed, in excellent condition and handsomely presented in the original red leather case.
Designed by Bernard X. Wolff in 1985, the extraordinary 10 1/4" #0361 Balloon Rally is one of the all-time best Steuben Glass masterworks. Peering into the glass, one can almost imagine soaring over a quaint New England village in one of the countless hot air balloons floating within this magnificent sculpture. The picturesque scenes, different from each viewing angle, are achieved by means of precise cuts and meticulous copper wheel engraving. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the late 1960's, legendary Steuben Glass designer James Houston created what proved to be the immensely popular and successful Major Ornamental Design Series. Houston was responsible for the first twelve or so pieces in the series and many others in subsequent years. Steuben Glass assigned a new stock number sequence for these products beginning with #1000 Excalibur and eventually continuing up past #1200 prior to the closing in 2011. Many of the Major Ornamentals include a gold or silver component. The #1000 Excalibur is definitely one of the most recognized iconic pieces ever produced by Steuben Glass. The crystal base is 4 1/2" wide and the total height with the sword in place is 8". Properly signed and in excellent condition.. Please note that the red leather case is not always available.
The legendary Steuben Glass designer, James Houston, initiated the important Major Ornamental Design series in the mid-1960's which grew to become one of the most significant collections in the history of the company. One of his signature pieces was the iconic #1002 Trout & Fly which features the 8" Trout with trapped air bubbles arching upward toward a Royal Coachman 18 karat gold fly. Properly signed, in excellent condition and including the original red leather case.
The 4" high #1006 Mouse & Cheese is a whimsical James Houston design featuring an 18K gold cast mouse perched eagerly on a wedge of crystal cheese. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
The incomparable James Houston designed most of the early Major Ornamental Design Series pieces in the late 1960's--early 1970's including the extraordinary #1007 Heart & Key. This 3 3/4" romantic piece features an elaborately decorated gold frame that accepts the gold key to your Heart!! Properly signed, in excellent condition and including the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1968 and only available from mid-autumn until Christmas Eve, the classic and long discontinued 5 3/4" Partridge in a Pear Tree remains one of the most famous Major Ornamental Design pieces. The crystal pear is cut open to reveal a core made of 18K gold shaped like a tree bearing 12 pears and holding a golden partridge. In the Old English carol, a partridge in a pear tree was the token of love given on the first day. Properly signed and in excellent condition in the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1972 and designed by Lloyd Atkins, the truly extraordinary 7" wide #1030 Crystal & Silver Crab only appeared in one annual catalogue---confirming its rarity and desirability as one of the all time best Major Ornamental Designs. The short life span of this magical piece make it a must have item for any significant collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The extremely rare #1038 Goldbug is one of the most desirable Major Ornamental Designs. Introduced in 1974 and only produced for a short time, this magnificent piece is 4 1/2" long and features a jade stone in the vermeil frame. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1977 and only produced for a few years, the extraordinary, 7 1/4" wide #1059 Flying Owl is one of the all-time best Major Ornamental Designs. The piece is blown from a three fold gather of crystal in which two layers of trapped air bubbles form a featherlike pattern. The head is cut, the eyes engraved and, along the back, translucent cuts repeat the pattern. The open-ended body, abstract in concept, suggests a smooth, silent flight of the nocturnal bird as it alights on a perch or its prey. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the late 1980's, Steuben Glass introduced the #1126 9 1/2" Lion majestically resting on an attractive wood base. This regal animal has appeared as a figure of bravery and strength throughout the history of art. Properly signed and in excellent condition.