In 1970, Steuben Glass introduced the spectacular Great Explorers series consisting of only nine designs with each limited to an edition of 25 examples. However, only one piece was actually fully produced while the others were only issued in single digit numbers---making these extraordinary masterworks extremely rare and coveted by collectors of Steuben Glass and world history. Only four of the James Houston designed 9 3/4" long #0008 Lewis & Clark sculptures were ever made--this particular piece being #3/25. The sculptured and engraved crystal block depicts the final stage of the historic expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean in 1804-1806. Paddling a dugout canoe, members of the expedition navigate the rapids of the Columbia River. Above them appears the map of their journey as drawn by Clark. Properly signed, numbered and in pristine condition with the original red leather case. A true museum quality masterwork.
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.
Introduced in 1959 and designed by Don Wier, the 9 3/4" high and 7 3/4" wide #0066 David & Goliath sculpture is a rock-like form of solid crystal engraved to depict the Biblical confrontation between David and Goliath--an allegory of good against evil. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1967 and rarely appearing in the marketplace, the #0085 The Butterfly is a crystal prism cut in three major planes and engraved with a butterfly and a flowering vine. By prismatic reflection, the butterfly's wings appear to open and close as the viewer's position changes. 8" High, 6 1/2" wide, the piece is properly signed, in pristine condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case with accompanying red leather information binder.
Designed by the incomparable James Houston and introduced in 1969, the 12" high, 8 1/2" wide and 2 3/4" deep #0092 Rip Van Winkle was limited to an edition of only nine. This extraordinary copper wheel engraved exhibition piece is a free form crystal plaque rising to three fern fronds engraved with the sleeping figure of Rip Van Winkle from Washington Irving's legend of the Catskill Mountains. It is the early morning of Rip's awakening from his long sleep. A spider web stretches from fern to fern. Behind the web lies Rip with his now-ancient firelock, his beard grown a foot long. A bird sings on his knee--about to awaken him. Properly signed, in excellent condition and presented in the original red leather case. One of the all-time best Steuben Glass masterworks!!!
Introduced in 1969 and designed by Paul Schulze, the 8" high/5"wide/5" deep #0099 Puma Rock sculpture is limited to an addition of 100 examples. An 18K gold Puma steals over a rock of crystal--cut and polished in geometric planes. Indigenous to the New World, the Puma ranges from southern Canada to Patagonia. While nearly extinct in the eastern areas, he still roams the less settled lands of the West. Properly signed, numbered and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1973 and limited to an edition of only 20, the #0123 Butterfly Girl is an extraordinary sculpture cut in the sweep of a butterfly wing and engraved with a winged girl. Surrounded by her curling tresses, the butterfly girl is revealed within the curve of the wing. This stunningly beautiful design is 11" high, 8 1/2" wide and 3 3/4" in depth. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
Leading up to the Bicentennial, Steuben Glass introduced an extraordinary series of 13 Flower Domes in 1975 as a special, patriotic tribute to the 13 Original States. Each one of the 5 1/2"D. Paperweights features the State Flower copper wheel engraved in spectacular detail and beautifully presented in a round sterling silver stand. Although not specifically limited in number, very few examples were produced as evidenced by their extreme rarity in the marketplace. The #0181 Purple Lilac represents the State of New Hampshire. Properly signed and in excellent condition. A magnificent addition to any important Steuben Glass collection!!
The #0227 Bombus is a 10" masterwork designed by Bruce Moore in 1953. This exquisite tall Vase features Bees and a blooming Dandelion which are representative of the superior copper wheel engraving from this period in Steuben Glass history. Properly signed and in excellent condition. A true museum quality collector's piece.
The 8 1/2" wide #0241 Raccoon is another superb James Houston design from 1978. This appealing piece is a blown crystal roundel with a wide polished rim---copper wheel engraved on the back with a Raccoon waiting alertly on a bare branch. In the background, snow is falling. The raccoon's shining eyes are cut. Its mask, tail rings and other furry markings are suggested by varying degrees of polish. The tree branch curves around both sides of the form--multiplying when seen through the rim. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.
The magnificent 12 3/4" #0379 Sailing sculpture hails daring sailors everywhere, shining crystal sails express the exhilaration, speed and mathematical accuracy of this sport, coupled with a sense of light and reflection that is the very essence of the sea. Cut and hand polished, the angular geometry of the light-filled sails is delineated by precise engraved lines. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
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 3 3/4" #1001 Golden Butterfly is one of the earliest and least known Major Ornamental Designs. Only appearing in a few seasonal catalogs in the late 1960's and totally omitted from the Madigan history book on Steuben Glass, the James Houston designed piece features an 18K gold Butterfly resting on a Mushroom with trapped air bubbles. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 8" #1002 Trout & Fly remains one of the most recognized James Houston designs. The Trout is rising to strike a Royal Coachman fly sculpted in 18K gold. The hand formed Trout glimmers with bubbles of trapped air. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 7" tall #1004 Unicorn features an 18K gold horn perched atop its forehead. This James Houston Major Ornamental Design does not often appear in the marketplace. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.
As part of the initial pieces in his Major Ornamental Design Series, James Houston created a set of three Cupolas with each one sporting a different weathervane. The 8" #1008 Cupola with 18K Gold Rooster is one of these very desirable items. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
When he initiated the Major Ornamental Design Series in the late 1960,s, preeminent Steuben Glass designer, James Houston, introduced a three-piece grouping featuring a glass Cupola with different gold weathervanes: Rooster/Horse and Whale. Although all three of these 8" high pieces are extremely rare, the #1010 Cupola w/ Gold Whale is by far the most difficult to find. All three were produced for a very limited time--making each one an important addition to any Steuben Glass collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 5 1/2" #1016 Crystal & Vermeil Turtle features a cut and polished shell of solid crystal, body of silver and vermeil and eyes set with emeralds. The beneficent symbol of perseverance and long life, the turtle was thought by the early Indians to carry the earth on its back. Properly signed and in excellent condition. Definitely one of the more rare Major Ornamental Designs.
The 6" wide #1022 Ice Bear is one of the three original designs in the famous James Houston Arctic Series. Introduced in the early 1970's, the long discontinued Ice Bear features a sterling silver Polar Bear perched on top of an iceberg. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather case.
In the early 1970's, James Houston introduced the first three designs in his famous and popular Arctic Series. The 6 1/2" high #1023 Arctic Fisherman is the most recognized form in the seven piece Arctic Series and was produced until the end of the company. A sterling silver eskimo readies his spear to catch the copper wheel engraved fish on the back panel. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
IntrIntroduced in the early 1970's, the stunning 7" long #1028 Crystal & Vermeil Snail is one of the finest and most significant Major Ornamental Designs. This magnificent piece includes lapis lazuli tips on each antenna. Only produced for a few years, the C&V Snail remains one of the rarest pieces in the highly successful major Ornamental Design Series. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Since its introduction in 1973, the 6" #1031 Frog Prince has always been one of the most coveted Steuben Glass Major Ornamental Designs. The whimsical and charming piece features an 18 karat gold crown and floppy feet. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the early 1970's, James Houston designed the first three pieces for his famous Steuben Glass Arctic Series. The long discontinued #1033 Ice Hunter was one of these original items. Featuring a sterling silver Eskimo paddling a kayak through the arc of an iceberg, the Ice Hunter remains one of the most treasured Houston Major Ornamental Designs. 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 1980, the #1068 Close to the Wind features two crystal sails suggesting a sloop close-hauled to the wind. The large 8" form represents the mainsail, the smaller the jib. This impressive sculpture vividly captures the essence of sailing--the sea, the wind and the speed. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1993, the 8 1/2" wide #1159 bronze Lighthouse is poised at the edge of a rocky peninsula as it lights a sea of glass with a brilliant beacon guiding each vessel to safe harbor. Symbolically, it is a most appropriate gift for the leader or mentor who has served as a beacon in guiding others through life's challenges. Properly signed and in excellent condition. Steuben fitted box--not red case.
Introduced in 1995 and only available for a few years, the #1164 Rose Bouquet features a pair of copper wheel engraved roses beautifully positioned on the glass sculpture. Properly signed and in excellent condition, this elegant and romantic 8 1/2" design is the perfect gift for many special occasions.
Introduced in 1997, the 7 1/4" wide #1173 Our Love is one of the finest Steuben Glass romantic sculptures. Swans engage in a dance in which they mirror one another's movements. Capturing an evocative moment in the dance, two young swans form a heart shape against a rising moon. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the late 1960's--early 1970, Steuben Glass produced the extraordinary series of Great Animals. Easily the most dramatic and rare design is the 14 5/8" long, massive #5009 Great Whale. Very few were produced in the short lifetime of this spectacular piece and it does not often appear in the marketplace making it an important addition to any serious Steuben Glass collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the late 1960's--early 1970's, Steuben Glass produced an extraordinary series of twelve Great Animals. Since they were produced for just a few years, they rarely appear in the marketplace. One of the very rarest ones is the massive 10 1/2" #5012 Great Seal. A most important addition to any serious Steuben Glass Animal collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The extraordinary #7389 12 1/2" Strawberry Mansion Vase is one of the earliest and most important copper wheel engraved designs ever produced by Steuben Glass. The history of the design is also fascinating and noteworthy. In the late 1920's, a large group of prominent women in Philadelphia undertook the huge challenge of restoring the famous Strawberry Mansion which had fallen into disrepair. In the mid-1930's, to forever commemorate their major accomplishment, they commissioned Frederick Carder, founder of Steuben Glass, to create a special memorial for them. Finding an old colonial goblet near Corning that featured the Presidential Seal, Carder used this piece as the inspiration for the extensive Strawberry Mansion stemware and tableware pattern---examples of which can be found in the White House. The #7389 Tall Vase was the central piece with the largest surface to engrave the detailed Strawberry Mansion design. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the early 1940's, Steuben Glass designers featured some extraordinarily superb Americana/Patriotic copper wheel engraved Exhibition Pieces. The 7 1/2" wide W141 Transportation Bowl by Sidney Waugh from 1943 is one such example. These museum quality masterworks rarely appear in the marketplace. The Transportation Bowl has three panels depicting a steamboat, early glider/plane and steam engine. This historically important piece is properly signed and in excellent condition.