Verre de soie glass was first made by Frederick Carder at the Steuben Glass Works from about 1905 to 1930. It is an iridescent glass of soft white or very, very pale green. The name means "glass of silk," and it does resemble silk. Other factories have made verre de soie, and some of the English examples were made of different colors. Verre de soie is an art glass and is not related to the iridescent, pressed, white carnival glass mistakenly called by its name.
This fantastic dome or mushroom shape shade, circa first quarter of the twentieth century, is attributed to the Steuben Glass Works and the T. G. Hawks & Company for executing the copper-wheel engraved motif. The shade has six vertical rows of torch finials design graduating in size flowing from a scroll motif base. These vertical rows are connected by arches of circles graduating from small-to-larger-to -small in size. This shade would fit a spider or circular holder for use on a brass or bronze table lamp base or banquet style lamp. The round shade measures 12" across the widest part, 9 5/8" across the base collar and 6" in height. It is unmarked as to the maker. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several minor nicks on the base collar caused by the supporting framework.
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