Steven Lundberg was one of the truly great glass artists of the 20th Century. This vase is a wonderful example of his artistry. It is an abstract design, bright and lustrous exterior with a satiny iridescent gold aurene (orange / gold) interior that Steven developed while learning Tiffany techniques. Selected specifically for the Steven Lundberg benefit auction from the Lundberg family's personal collection. This was one of the collaborations between Steven and his son Justin. The original tag "Steven & Justin Lundberg Glass Art" is attached. When Steven's health deteriorated from ALS, the benefit helped with the final years of Steven's life. It has the gold aurene . More about the incredible Lundberg family at the end of the listing.
Country of Origin: United States of America.
Size: 6 1/2" tall.
Marks: "Steven Lundberg ALS Benefit auction 2005." This is from a small edition of only 50 pieces. It is Number 16. This is from the Lundberg family's personal collection, probably created by Steven in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
Condition: Very Good to Excellent. There is some glare from the flash, especially around the neck, but there is no fading or color problems at all.
Lundberg Studios was founded in 1970 by the late James Lundberg and is known for its clear-encased California Style paperweights as well as Art Nouveau and Tiffany style iridescent glass. James Lundberg began working in glass in the late 1960s, while a student at California State University, San Jose. He and brother Steven moved their small backyard glass studio, Nouveau Glass, from San Jose to Davenport in 1973, and renamed it Lundberg Studios. Steven Lundberg left the studio in 1997 to establish his own studio.
Artist James Lundberg first started creating beautiful, high quality studio glass paperweights in 1972. Classically trained in ceramics, then glazes and finally glassmaking techniques, Lundberg traveled to Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England to learn his art. Stopping in New York City on his way home from Europe, he was struck by the beauty and hues of Tiffany Art Glass. His studio is now the leading replicator of Tiffany Style art glass. Using the knowledge and skills he had acquired, most notably the prismatic glasses and decorative techniques of Tiffany, Lundberg began creating paperweights of a style and beauty that had previously not been created or exhibited. In conjunction with the other artists of Lundberg Studios, this new style was called California Paperweight Style or "torchwork".
Examples of the glassworks and art of James Lundberg and Lundberg Studios are included in nearly every significant private glass collection and major museum.
James Lundberg passed away in 1992.
Steven Lundberg passed away early in 2008, from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He could no longer practice his art from 2003.
Steve's work is on display in a number of permanent collections including The Smithsonian Institute, the White House, The Corning Museum of Glass, the Philadelphia Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of American Glass, and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, to name a few. Steven Lundberg Glass Art is exhibited in top galleries and catalogs throughout the world. Steve has lectured and demonstrated from New Jersey to Tokyo and has been privileged to collaborate with many distinguished glass artists, including Rick Ayotte, Bob Banford, Randall Grubb, Barry Sautner and Victor Trabucco.
The Lundberg name has the respect and admiration of the entire art glass world. Beginning with James Lundberg, who established Lundberg Glass Art, and created masterpieces, many of which were from techniques that James developed. His brother Steven Lundberg established an incredible following from his own artistry, again with many new techniques. After Steven died of ALS some years ago, his son Justin became known and respected for his creations. He has his own style, and he signs his work "JBerg". I have been collecting pieces from all three for many years now. I believe that these marvelous pieces have potential for real appreciation in the future. As with all art purchases, one should buy what touches their inner being; their sensitivity.
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