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 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 1970 and limited to an edition of only 25, the rarely seen #0108 Boy and Butterfly sculpture is 8 1/4" high, 6 3/4" wide and 3 1/4" deep. The crystal prism is engraved with a boy seeking to net a butterfly. A branch of leaves engraved on the side of the prism is reflected in the background--giving a three dimensional character to the scene. Properly signed, numbered and in pristine condition with the original red leather case.
Introduced in 1971, the 11 3/4" high, 8 1/4" wide and 2 1/2" deep #0118 Ladder of Dreams, a limited edition of only 25 pieces, is an asymmetrical crystal prism engraved with three children climbing an abstract play frame. The structure, defined only by fragile lines of varying weights, seems an illusion in contrast to the realistic portrayal of the children whose figures appear and disappear through reflections in the prism . Properly signed and in excellent condition with 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.
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 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 in 1991 by the incomparable James Houston, the #0498 Sailfish Rising is a limited edition piece and is a fitting tribute to this awe-inspiring creature. The 7 1/2" high sculpture is a forceful depiction of the thrilling power mobilized by a Sailfish as it breaks the water. The giant fish is composed of intricately-detailed sterling above the water and of meticulous copper wheel engraving below. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed by James Houston in 1998 and limited to an edition of 50, the 6 1/2" long #0536 Ocean's Majesty sculpture pays tribute to the magnificent beauty of Humpback whales. Mother and calf swim peacefully below the ocean's waves--easily identified by the black and white coloration on the underside of the tails.Properly signed and in excellent condition.