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.
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!!
The #0169 Dogwood
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.
Introduced in 1980 and designed by the incomparable James Houston, the 7 1/2" #0272 Blue Whale is a solid crystal form cut to represent an iceberg, copper wheel engraved on the back with a Blue Whale which seems to disport itself within the Arctic Sea. A trail of bubbles rises from its blowhole. The Blue Whale, a creature of gigantic grace, is now almost extinct. It is the largest animal ever to exist on earth, usually weighing at maturity two or three times more than the largest dinosaur. Its tongue alone may weigh as much as an elephant and its voice can carry under water a hundred miles. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
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" 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.
Introduced in 1992, the 7 1/4" #0503 Elusive Buck features a finely detailed image of a magnificent antlered buck among a stand of trees. Engraved on a two part, hand cut crystal panels, the elusive creature seems to appear and disappear among the trees. A truly remarkable prismatic presentation!! Properly signed and in excellent condition with attractive wood display base and original red leather case.
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.
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.
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.