In 1963, Steuben Glass introduced the Poetry in Crystal series comprised of pieces designed for specific poems by noted poets. Each edition was limited to only 11 examples so each one is extremely rare. The magnificent 18" #0005 To a Giraffe is one of the most impressive masterworks in the collection. Designed by Lloyd Atkins as an interpretation of Marianne Moore's poem "To a Giraffe", the solid crystal tusk features two mischievous monkeys peering through the legs of a stately giraffe who, unheeding, reaches up toward leaves engraved above. Properly signed, numbered and in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case with red binder along with a special lighted base and black backdrop to further accentuate the display.
The 15 3/4" #0023 Cathedral sculpture was introduced in 1955 and remains the most famous religious themed piece produced by Steuben Glass. The tall prismatic form is shaped and copper wheel engraved to represent the spire of a cathedral. By optical illusion, engraved figures of the Apostles and architectural details seem to float and multiply within the glass itself. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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 1960 and long discontinued, the #0069 Mountains of the Moon is a 9" semicircular disk of solid crystal representing the heavens and earth as seen from the surface of the moon. This exhibition piece was originally presented to each of the Apollo 8 astronauts by Governor Nelson Rockefeller on behalf of the people of NY State to honor the heroic crew for man's first flight around the moon. Properly signed and in excellent condition with original red leather case.
Designed by James Houston early in his career with Steuben Glass, the 5 1/4" high #0071 Polar Bears sculpture features a Mother and her Cub copper wheel engraved on the glass form. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1967, the #0085 The Butterfly sculpture is 8" high and 6 1/2" wide. The clever design 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. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
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 1971 and designed by James Houston, the #0101 Grouse Grove is 8 1/2" wide and features a pair of copper wheel engraved game birds on a glass form of a tree. Limited edition of only 25. Properly signed and in excellent condition including the original red leather case.
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.
Designed in 1973 by James Houston and only available for a few years, the 10" wide and 6" high #0153 Snipe Bowl features a rim cut in an undulating contour--engraved with a wisp of snipe flying over wind-whipped reeds in an endless whirl. Native to the coastal regions of both old and new worlds, the snipe is among the most graceful and fastest of game birds. Properly signed and in excellent condition with 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 #0169 Dogwood represents the State of Virginia. Properly signed and in excellent condition. A magnificent addition to any important Steuben Glass collection!!
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.
Designed by James Houston in 1983, the 8 3/4" #0343 Sea Sword is a limited edition of 50. The solid crystal form is cut to suggest the waves of the sea---copper wheel engraved on the back is a giant swordfish rising to its prey of tiny fish. Reflections of the swordfish may be seen through the cut facets of the form. The swordfish has been called the greatest of all American big game fish and the most difficult to land. 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 and in excellent condition with 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.
Introduced in 1998, the 9 1/4" #0534 Eagle's Flight captures the majestic soaring eagle gliding over a panoramic landscape. Only produced for a few years, this magnificent sculpture rarely appears in the marketplace. Handsomely presented on a royal mahogany granite base. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 2001 and only available for a few years, the 10 1/4" #0542 Island Orchid features the rarest and most exquisite of the orchids, paphiopedilum bookerai, which are found only on the island of Borneo. The copper wheel engraved orchid blossoms grace the magnificent hand-formed crystal sculpture. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the original red leather presentation case.
Designed by the legendary James Houston in 2002, the 11 3/4" #0554 America's Cup is a limited edition of 25 that quickly sold out. Rarely available on the resale market, this sculpture is properly signed and numbered and is in excellent condition--original red leather presentation case included. The copper-wheel, hand polished form features the NY Yacht Club's America which defeated 16 British vessels in an 1851 competition--thereafter remembered as the first "America's Cup".
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.
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.
The 6" high #1013 Apple of Eden is a tempting James Houston Major Ornamental with an 18K gold serpent lurking around the stem on top of the Apple which has trapped air bubbles. A most alluring design. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.
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 7 1/2" tall #1018 Pillar of the Griffins features a three sided crystal pillar supported on an 18K gold frame with a griffin on each angle. Guardians of hidden treasure, vigilant and brave, griffins are the offspring of the lion and the eagle whose nobility they inherit. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.
Introduced in the early 1970's and only produced for a few years, the extremely rare 5" #1026 Lilies features a crystal egg sliced open to reveal a cluster of gold lilies. Their delicately striated petals are glazed with translucent white enamel. The crystal rests on a slender three-quarter ring of 18K gold. In Semitic legend, lilies sprang from the tears of Eve--in Christian legend they turned white when touched by the Virgin. Symbols of fruitfulness, peace and innocence, they herald new life and new hope. Properly signed, in excellent condition and beautifully presented in the original red leather case.
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 7 1/2" #1122 Carrousel is a unique and fascinating design that appeals to young and old alike. The classic, festive design captures the American tradition of county fairs and pleasure parks. Turn the Carrousel on its rotating base and the three engraved merry-go-round steeds seem to move up and down on the poles--thanks to the prismatic reflections in the glass. Properly signed and in excellent condition with sterling silver flag flying over the big top!!!
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.
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 8 1/4" #1168 Harborside sculpture features several sailboats appearing to be at anchor in a calm harbor. A single boat, engraved by copper wheel on each panel, reflects to create a full harbor. Displayed on an attractive black granite base. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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.
IIntroduced in 1996, the impressive 8 1/4" high #1178 Regal Lion captures the qualities of courage, power, strength and bravery in an amazing three dimensional masterwork. Blending the unique reflective and refractive qualities of Steuben Glass, a flawless block of crystal is used to create an echoing of the lion's head within the glass. Properly signed and in excellent condition with the attractive walnut base with marble insert.
Introduced in 2006 and only produced for a few years before the closing, the impressive #1236 Pyramid of Time is 5 3/4" wide. This ancient solar symbol is transformed into a unique timepiece that utilizes the reflective properties of pure crystal to create a dimensional illusion. The sculpture rests on a handsome black granite base that suggests strength and endurance. Properly signed, in excellent condition with original gray fitted box. An ideal corporate gift or award, graduation gift and perfect for an office.
In the 1940's--1950's, Steuben Glass introduced a spectacular series of 10"D. copper wheel engraved plates with each one depicting the exact replica of an Audubon Bird print. The extraordinary detail of the engraving reflects the superior craftsmanship from this era in the history of the company. In total, there were 21 different birds featured in this series. Properly signed and in excellent condition. Note that some of the plates were signed with just the script "S" which is perfectly legitimate and acceptable.
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.
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.