F/U Dialogue to Yesterday's Gazette|
Posting Number 2761 Date: 07/27/17 Return to Posting List
1. From yesterday's Gazette
Hi Alan, 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.
2. Michael -
Thank you for your story in the Gazette yesterday. It's always nice to hear that people see value in what the club provides. Based on your description of the tumblers you saw, I had an immediate reaction - shape 5067. Maybe what you saw wasn't shape 5067 but it always is a surprise how many similarly shapes objects we can find by other manufacturers that look like Steuben.
Thanks Scott! I looked up the shape number you provided, and for a moment was kind of shocked, because this one looks a LOT like what I saw:
However, based on my recollection, and comparing it to this image, I believe that the ones I saw were different. They seemed to have many more prunts, which were a bubble gum pink opaque color. I think the rigaree was also different. These, and other things about them, make me think that they were indeed Venetian. But it was an important lesson about Carder being inspired by classic Venetian forms.
I enjoy the Gazelle Gazette, but wish more members participated. Sometimes asking a question in this forum can be like dropping penny down a well -- you can't even hear it splash. Even so, I soak up the knowledge that is shared eagerly, and with appreciation.
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