For sale is a very large art glass vase made by The Steuben Glass Company of Corning, New York. This is from my personal collection. The vase is done in Frederick Carder's most highly collected and sought after Cluthra glass. I call this an extra large magnum vase because of its size. The correct classification would be considered a "Tapered Shoulder Vase". The vase is very large as it stands an impressive 10" tall and has a diameter of 10" at the shoulder. The top inside opening has a diameter of 3 3/4" and an outside one of 5 3/8". The bottom or foot of the vase is 4 5/16" in diameter. The circumference of the vase at the shoulder is an amazing 30 1/4" around.
The vase displays a tapered swollen shoulder form with a flaring wide top opening. The vase is executed in Steuben's Cluthra technique. It is a Lilac or soft purple colored vessel with wonderful veining and bubbles trapped inside throughout. There are large and small bubbles. Some area's having a higher concentration than others. It has a wide and thick flaring top opening to receive a bouquet of flowers. This is a very large and heavy piece of art glass. The camera makes it seem like a deeper purple but it is really much lighter than what is shown. The internal decoration of trapped air bubbles is executed by a master blower. There are plenty of these trapped bubbles within a frothy background of crystal glass. This is a large piece of art glass and was considered to be extremely difficult to blow and keep its shape on the blowing pipe. This was because of its size and weight. The vase is heavy as it weighs 9 pounds 5 ounces before packing.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition. There are minor scratches to the underside bottom and this is typical of normal age wear. There is also an inclusion (trapped piece of sand) on the exterior of the vase. This is pictured and considered somewhat normal. The white light is glare from the fluorescent light I use to light the items. Overall this large piece of art glass in really in outstanding condition for it size and age.
The vase has a counter sunk polished pontil, the finishing sign of a quality piece of art glass. The piece is not signed and more than likely had a paper label at one time. There is no mistake as to who made this vase . It is known as shape number 2683 in the Steuben catalog of shapes. This is a very nice example of Steuben's Lilac Cluthra in both form and technique. This vase is guaranteed to be made by Steuben Glass. This vase was made circa 1920-1928.
Purchase with confidence as quality art glass especially of this size is becoming almost impossible to find in excellent condition.
Steuben, Extra Large Lilac Cluthra Vase, Impressive Size, Frederick Carder, Nice