In 1997 toward the end of his design career with Steuben Glass, James Houston created the extraordinary #0520 Green Heron: Nature's Fly-Fisher. This 8 1/4" wide masterwork was limited to an edition of 50 and quickly sold out. In a fascinating parallel to the art of fly fishing, the Green Heron will pluck a small feather from its breast and cast it on the water in front of itself--using the feather as a lure. Note the feather is 18K gold. Properly signed, numbered and in excellent condition with 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 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 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.
Introduced 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.
The #1169 Top of the World, introduced in 1996, is the finest golf related design ever produced by Steuben Glass. This magnificent piece is 7 3/4" wide with an 18K gold flag stick and is perfectly sited on an attractive marble base. Properly signed and in excellent condition with original box.