This clear art glass figural pig was designed by Lloyd Atkins for Steuben in 1987 as an addition to the company's popular line of hand coolers. Steuben's highly symbolic collection of hand coolers are a perfect choice for recognizing major personal and professional milestones. According to Steuben company literature "In Imperial China, the pig symbolized success in business." As such, this piece would be ideal to mark financial success, a business grand opening or achievement of a company goal. It is also an appealing find for Steuben glass fans as well as those who collect pigs.
This charming pig has a stylized form and has been depicted with a plump rounded body. The animal's head has a distinctive appearance with a turned up snout and two triangular ears which are folded down. The back of the pig's body features a curled tail. The underside bears the Steben signature etched in diamond point.
The pig figurine is in very good condition with no chips or cracks. The piece stands just under 1.75" tall as measured to the top of its back and is 3" long by 1.5" wide. The solid art glass pig weighs in at 8oz.
A vintage Steuben catalogue states: "The Hand Coolers Collection has its origins in the 18th and 19th centuries when young ladies attending dances employed porcelain, marble, and glass eggs to cool hands heated by the excitement of the evening. Steuben's ovoid animal Hand Coolers are designed to nestle soothingly in the palm or, alternately, they may be used to weight papers on a desk."
This clear art glass pig would a wonderful addition to a grouping of Steuben hand coolers or to a larger collection of animal figurines. Perfect for display, or could also be a meaningful gift to acknowledge prosperity in one's career or personal life. A lovely vintage find!
Vintage Steuben Art Glass Figural Pig Hand Cooler