Stevens & Williams of Stourbridge, England, made many types of glass, including layered, etched, cameo, and art glass, between the 1830s and 1930s. Some pieces are signed S & W. Notable engravers at the Stevens & Williams manufactory include: Joshua Hodgetts (1858 -1933) - Hodgetts was a amateur botanist who used his knowledge to cover vases and objects with naturalistic motifs. Many of his works also have an oriental emphasis following the trend of the day for Chinoiserie. Frederick Carder (1864-1963) Worked at Stevens & Williams 1881-1902 known for museum quality works in the Art Nouveau style. (Also founded Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York in 1903). William Fritsche (working 1870’s onwards) Bohemian born glass engraver. Worked for Thomas Webb & Sons and engraved items in Classical style, particularly on the rock crystal body.
This gorgeous Victorian cranberry art glass handing basket (there are three, priced individually) was once part of a large epergne centerpiece, circa 1885-1910. The tapered cranberry glass body with ruffled top has applied crimped crystal glass rigaree encircling the basket with a clear glass arched handle. They would be lovely suspended from an ornament holder or hanging by a heavy ribbon. The basket measures 7 1/2" in length and 4" across the top. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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