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!!!
Designed by James Houston and introduced in 1973, the 6 1/2" wide and 5 3/4" high #0125 Salmon Pool is a smooth, round form--or pool--wherein an engraved Atlantic salmon rises toward a gold fly placed upon a cut plane representing the pool's surface. The speckled salmon may be viewed down through the cut plane or--enlarged--through the side of the form. As one moves by the piece, the salmon also appears to move. 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.
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 with the original red leather case.