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Gazelle Gazette

The "Gazelle Gazette" is a Carder Steuben Club Newsletter that is initially delivered as an email and is maintained by Alan Shovers. This section provides an archive of the Gazelle Gazette Newsletter postings. If you would like to submit a Newsletter posting or have your email address added to Alan's address list, please email it to Alan Shovers.

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Carder Steuben Plate - 2028

Historical Bottle Collectors

Posting Number 3381   Date: 04/06/20     Return to Posting List

Hi Alan,

Thank you for the great job you do putting out the newsletter. For those of you who are interested, The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors has opened their Virtual Bottle Museum to the public by waiving the entrance fee for the time being. The museum is not yet completed, but I'm sure you will agree there is still lots of outstanding early glass to be seen! Follow this link to check it out!

Aaron Weber

Selenium Red Twist Stem Candlestick

In Friday's Gazette #3380, David Donaldson spoke of his search for this "rare" candlestick. Debby Schultz responded: "Never realized it is so rare."

Carder Steuben and Modern Steuben From Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

VASE (USA), 19201929

This is a Vase. It was manufactured by Steuben Glass Works. It is dated 19201929 and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is blown, iridized, and tooled glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department. Aurene, one of the first artistic effects that designer Frederick Carder created for the glass firm Steuben, imitates the iridescence of Roman glass. The iridescence was achieved by adding salts to the batch and spraying clear glass with a metallic chloride and refiring it under specific conditions. This technology earned a patent in 1904. The name Aurene is derived from Carders combination of the chemical symbol for gold, Au, and the word sheen. Carder produced this brilliant blue shade by adding cobalt oxide to the gold Aurene batch. It is credited Museum purchase from Mary Blackwelder Memorial Fund.


This is a Dish. It was designed by John Dreves and manufactured by Steuben Glass. It is dated introduced 1939 and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is blown lead glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Steuben Glass Works were founded as an art glass manufacturer in 1903 in Corning, New York. Design directors worked with teams to produce a large variety of wares. John Dreves, who worked with Steuben in the 1940s and 50s, was only the second design staff member to work in residence at Corning. He is perhaps best remembered for this Olive Dish, a classic stock piece, introduced at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. This object was donated by Arthur Wiesenberger and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger. It is credited Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger.

More On Designer John Dreves

"....'There's a quality about certain Steuben pieces like the John Dreves Olive Dish that our customers recognize intuitively as being classic Steuben. It's all about maintaining the integrity of the glass. One function of the Steuben object is to hold meaning--each piece so touches the receiver that somehow, memories stick to it. It's one of the few times in life that you can touch perfection.' Rob Cassetti, Steuben design director and marketing director, as set forth at p.229, Steuben Glass, An American Tradition in Crystal by Mary Jean Madigan

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

As one of her research interests, Gail Bardhan, retired librarian from the Rakow Research Library at CMoG, kept a list of American museums with Carder glass in their collection. I have used her research to find examples of Carder glass in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt. Scott Hansen

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