A rare and fabulous signed Frederick Carder era, hand-blown glass vase manufactured by the Steuben Glass Company in Corning, New York. This exquisite piece from their 'Grotesque' line has been executed in 'Wisteria', a dichroic glass that changes color depending on the light. In natural or incandescent lighting 'Wisteria' appears to be a warm lavender color and in florescent lighting it is a light, icy blue. The first two photographs of this piece demonstrate this dramatic change. On page 161 of 'Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass', by Thomas P. Dimitroff, Dimitroff writes, 'Wisteria was a difficult color to make, and very little of it has survived.'
Steuben's graceful, free-form 'Grotesque' line was developed in the 1920's. This piece is shape number 7090 and an example of this vase is pictured in Plate XIX of 'The Glass of Frederick Carder' by Paul V. Gardner. Examples of 'Wisteria' are also pictured in this book in Plate XXVIII.
This elegant vase stands approximately 11 1/2" high and measures 6 3/4" across the opening, 4 1/2" in diameter across the base. It is in very, very good undamaged condition. There are no chips, cracks or regrinds and there is no staining. There is expected wear on the base only. The piece is marked with and acid-etched Steuben Fleur-de-lis mark.
When I study this extraordinary piece I am reminded of the massive, breath-taking Wisteria vines that adorn the southern French countryside in April and I marvel at the genius of a man who created those lovely, subtle shades of lavender and blue in a piece of glass.
Spectacular Signed Circa 1920 Frederick Carder Era Steuben Wisteria Glass Vase