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.
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 extremely rare #1038 Goldbug is one of the most desirable Major Ornamental Designs. Introduced in 1974 and only produced for a short time, this magnificent piece is 4 1/2" long and features a jade stone in the vermeil frame. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1977 and only produced for a few years, the extraordinary, 7 1/4" wide #1059 Flying Owl is one of the all-time best Major Ornamental Designs. The piece is blown from a three fold gather of crystal in which two layers of trapped air bubbles form a featherlike pattern. The head is cut, the eyes engraved and, along the back, translucent cuts repeat the pattern. The open-ended body, abstract in concept, suggests a smooth, silent flight of the nocturnal bird as it alights on a perch or its prey. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
As part of the extremely rare Great Animal series from the late 1960's, the 8 1/4" long #5007 Great Snail was only produced for a short time and does not often appear in the marketplace. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1964 and designed by Lloyd Atkins, the 8" #8129 Duckling is often displayed with several companions so make way for the Ducklings!!! Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1965 and designed by the prolific Lloyd Atkins, the whimsical 10 1/2" tall #8137 Donkey is one of the more rare Steuben Glass Animals--making it an important inclusion in any Steuben Glass Animal collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1971 along with the other six members of the Steuben Glass Mushroom Forest, the #8262 Medium Smooth Mushroom is 5 1/4" tall. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the early 1970's, Steuben Glass introduced the seven member Mushroom Family---three with Smooth Caps/twisted stems and four with Mottled Caps/straight stems in ascending heights and cap sizes. These appealing designs were often displayed together as a Mushroom Forest. The 7 1/2" #8263 Large Smooth Mushroom is the rarest one of them all. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
The 3 1/2" #8264 Small Mottled Mushroom is the shortest member of the seven piece Steuben Glass Mushroom Forest. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1971 along with the other six members of the Steuben Glass Mushroom Forest, the #8265 Narrow Mottled Mushroom is 6 3/8" tall. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Steuben Glass produced seven different Mushrooms in the 1970's. Three featured smooth caps and four had mottled caps. All of these designs have been discontinued for many years and rarely appear on the resale market. The #8266 Wide Mottled Mushroom is 5 3/4" high and has a very wide cap. Signed and in excellent condition.
The Grand-Daddy of the seven piece Steuben Glass Mushroom Forest is the incredible 8 1/2" #8267 Large Mottled Mushroom--rarely seen in the marketplace. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Designed by Lloyd Atkins and introduced in 1972, the 9 1/2" #8273 Great Sitting Donkey is a magical and whimsical piece evoking fond memories of Eeyore!! Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1973, the 4 1/2" long #8274 Cat with Green Tourmaline Eyes is a charming design that belongs in any serious Steuben Glass or Cat collection. Properly signed and in excellent condition--always a major issue when buying Steuben Glass on the resale market!!
Introduced in 1976, the 8 1/2" long #8333 Horizontal Mink---along with the companion #8334 Vertical Mink---are the only Steuben Glass Animals featuring diamonds. Only produced for a short time, the Mink are among the most highly coveted Steuben Glass Animals. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1986, the magnificent 14 1/2"D. #8532 Peacock is simply an amazing, spectacular design including trapped air bubbles in the body section. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 2000, the #8893-8894 Pair of Herons is now discontinued. The #8893 Graceful Heron is 14 1/2" and the #8894 Young Heron is 8 3/4" tall. They make a beautiful presentation when displayed together. An older catalogue provides this description---this stately fisher is a bird of good omen and symbolizes the will to transcend difficulties by rising above them. Properly signed and in excellent condition.