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.
Originally designed in 1939 as a Water Pitcher, the 9 1/4" #7837 Pitcher/Vase is truly a multi-purpose functional piece as it accepts a nice bouquet of flowers, too. A beautiful, bulbous form from this important time in Steuben Glass history. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In 1953, Steuben Glass introduced the massive and impressive #8036 Phoenix Vase which is nearly 14" tall--making it one of the largest Vases produced by Steuben Glass. Mysteriously, this most desirable piece did not appear in any annual catalogues so it appears that it was only available for a short time. Given the beauty and size of the piece, it defies all logic but confirms the rarity and desirability of this design. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the 1950's, Steuben Glass produced many functional pieces for daily use. Among these utilitarian designs were some simple, classic Pitchers which were also used as flower Vases. The #8051 Pitcher--shown on the left of the picture--is 8 1/2" and the #SP869 Pitcher--shown on the right--is 6 1/4" high. Both are properly signed and in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1958 during the heyday of Steuben Glass design, the substantial 11" #8087 Whirlpool Vase features a wide opening to accept a large bouquet of flowers. This distinguished form showcases the elegance and style of Steuben Glass pieces from this era. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
Since the 1950's, the graceful and elegant 11 1/2" #8090 Rose Vase has remained one of the all time favorite Steuben Glass Tall Vases. The perfect home for long stemmed flowers, the Vase soars upward, cinched at the waist by a belt of curvaceous crystal bits in the shape of leaves. Properly signed and in excellent condition which is a major issue for functional pieces in the marketplace.
Introduced in 1968, the substantial and stately 9 1/2" Ring Handled Vase is a classic Greco-Roman design featuring rings on each side of the upper part of the vessel. Properly signed and in excellent condition--always a major issue when buying functional--or any-- Steuben Glass pieces in the marketplace.
In 1986, Steuben Glass introduced a set of three Art Deco/Modern Vessels named the Momentum Collection. Only produced for a few years, the 7 1/4" #8540 Tall Momentum Vase/Bowl was the most popular form in the series. To express the force of circular motion, concentric paths trace the form of these innovative designs--capturing shining streams of light. Properly signed and in excellent condition.
In the late 1980's, the Steuben Glass introduced a three piece series of Momentum designs featuring an Art-Deco/Retro look with concentric circles surrounding the top of each piece. The 8 1/2"D. #8542 Momentum Vase/Bowl is an important part of this set. Properly signed and in excellent condition.