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Posting Number 2760 Date: 07/26/17 Return to Posting List
Tuesday, August 22 - Radisson discounted room rate cutoff
Friday, September 1 - Comfort Inn discounted room rate cutoff
Wednesday, September 6 - Symposium registration deadline
Thursday, September 7 - Auction submission deadline
The Symposium is just 8 weeks away. Please register as early as possible.
Every Dollar Is Worth It
Here is a story I thought I would share with the group. Yesterday at an antique flea market, I spotted what I thought could be a nice set of 8 Steuben verre de soie footed tumblers. But they weren't an ordinary shape like you would expect for VdS. They stood about 5 inches high, had a bulbous top part, and a straight lower portion. The foot had applied threading, and a rigaree "petticoat" above that. There were applied prunts all over the center portion, in an opaque light pink that I thought could be Coral. The pontils were snapped and unpolished. Most of the glass had a verre de soie type finish, though it seemed less pronounced and less uniform in coverage than I would expect from Steuben.
I know very, very little about Italian glass. However, I can often discern Steuben from Venetian glass, using the knowledge I have about Steuben, plus a sense of, "Hmm, this form doesn't look like something Carder would make." Colors also help.
I was really torn, wondering whether I should buy them. Ultimately, my judgment was, "There is 'too much going on' on these tumblers for them to be Steuben." If I had had a better feeling about them, I would have stepped around the corner and looked in the shape index for a match. I later learned that the tumblers sold.
I did a search when I got home, and didn't find anything like them in the shape index. I was very relieved that I chose not to buy them. However, until I ran the search, I was afraid that perhaps I had passed up some Steuben gems.
My Carder Steuben Club membership is worth every dollar. Thank you to all those who share their knowledge, and questions. The discussions are stimulating, and I always learn something.
If You Missed The Rockwell Museum Video In Friday's Gazette
Rockwell Museum Carder Steuben Glass 2000
If you have access on your television set to YouTube you can find the video in full size television by searching "Rockwell Museum Carder Steuben Glass 2000" After completing watching this video YouTube played on with a CBS piece on the closing of the Steuben factory in recent years, and other videos on glass blowing at CMoG. Lots available to see.
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