Early Frederick Carder Era Steuben Verre de Soie Vase Shape No. 634
It's well known that Fred Carder stated that Verre de Soie was one of his favorite finishes. Here's an early Frederick Carder era Steuben Verre de vase. Stunning iridescence with beautiful color fuming, and the rim has a lovely onion skin crackle effect.
It's in excellent condition with no scratches, chips or repairs, it's in beautiful original as made condition, polished pontil on the base, with appropriate age wear on the base itself.
This is probably a rare early shape as there is not an example of it shown at the excellent cardersteubenclub Steuben Reference web site.
This beautiful design can be found in the original Steuben references by Paul Gardner, as well as the later excellent Steuben book by Tom Dimitroff.
Maker: Frederick Carder Steuben Glass.
Color: Verre de Soie
Size: 7" tall x 7" wide at the top.
Frederick Carder, a gifted English designer, managed Steuben Glass Works from its founding in 1903 until 1932. At the age of 14, Carder left school and joined his family's pottery business in Brierley Hill, England. He studied chemistry and technology in night school. In 1879, he became fascinated with glass making after visiting the studio of John Northwood, where he saw Northwood's cameo glass replica of the Portland Vase, the most famous piece of ancient Roman cameo glass. One year later, on Northwood's recommendation, Carder went to work as a designer at Stevens & Williams, a large English glassmaking company. There, as Northwood's chief assistant, he experimented with glass colors and designs.
Carder moved to Corning in 1903 at the invitation of Thomas G. Hawkes, owner of Steuben. For the next 30 years, Carder had a free hand in designing that firm's products and developing new colors and techniques. In 1932, when Steuben's new president decided to concentrate on colorless glass, Carder left Steuben to become design director of Corning Glass Works. There he oversaw such large-scale projects as the making of cast panels for Rockefeller Center in New York City. As an octogenarian, he created smaller cast glass sculptures and other one-of-a-kind pieces. Carder's glass making career ended in 1959, when, at the age of 96, he finally closed his studio and "retired." I've included lots of photos, please take a look and please message me if you have any questions.