STEUBEN, TOPAZ CENTER PIECE BOWL, HANDLED W ROPE RINGS - For Sale
STEUBEN, TOPAZ CENTER PIECE BOWL, HANDLED W ROPE RINGS
For sale is a wonderful piece of Art Glass blown by The Steuben Glass Company of Corning, New York. The item is a Compote or Center Piece Footed Bowl with Rings. The Compote is blown in Frederick Carder's very desirable Topaz Art Glass. The Compote has some size to it as it stands 6 3/4" tall and is 8" in diameter. The foot has a diameter of 4".
The Vase displays a very beautiful Topaz or Amber colored Body, Stem and Foot. The looped applied handles on each side is also done in this beautiful Topaz color. The Rings that are locked inside these loops are done in a Rope Design but they are clear crystal. The Bowl is a very complicated shape and has several interesting parts that comprise it. It first starts with a round raised foot that has a folded edge underneath. It then has a deep Topaz washer shaped knuckle with a Squat circular closed break that is hollow inside. It then has another deep Topaz knuckle that has a top and bottom side on top of that. The Body of the Compote or Bowl is attached to this knuckle. Then the piece takes on interesting handles. These handles are Looped on 2 sides and fused to the bowl. To finish this off Steuben locked in Clear Crystal Twisted Rope Style rings inside. This is very difficult to do and clearly shows the Glass Blowing skills of Steuben's Master Glass Blowers. I see at least 9 steps in just forming this glass vessel without counting the mixing of the Sand and Chemicals to comprise the Topaz Color.
The Vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. I cannot even see scratches along the underside bottom edge and this leads me to believe that this was a cabinet piece and was rarely used. The Compote is not signed and more than likely had a Paper Label that simply fell off after time.
This was a tough Shape to find documented sales on. I did find a Selenium Red and an Orange Cintra one. They both sold a few years back and they both sold for $1600 plus the Buyers Premium of 20%. I do not feel that the Topaz is worth what the Selenium Red and Cintra pieces are worth.
http://www.cardersteubenclub.org/shapes/item-view.cfm?category=ShapeIndex&recordID=25483&back=1 Click on this highlighted link to access this shape in the Steuben Gallery of Shapes on-line
This a very nice example and I'm quite sure the buyer will be quite pleased with their purchase. This is known as shape number 2942 in the Steuben Catalog pages. This piece was made during the Frederick Carder Years, Circa 1910-1932.