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Steuben Glass, inc. (aka Steuben Division of Corning Glass Works)
American, (active 1903–2011)
Frederick Carder
English, (active 1863–1963)

Aurene Vase

1904

Object Type: Glass
Dimensions:
10 1/2 in. x Diam: 3 1/2 in. (26.67 cm x 8.89 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 1985.0015.0005

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jackson L. Bostwick

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Steuben Glass Works produced a variety of colored and opaque glass items. The business grew steadily during its first fifteen years, reaching its height in the years just before World War One. During this productive period, the co-founder, Frederick Carder, experimented with an enormous variety of glass designs from cameo-carved figural glass to etched glass. He also invented several new varieties of glass among which were his Verre de Soie (transparent glass with an iridescent surface), Calcite (creamy-white glass with an ivory translucence) and the widely popular Aurene, an iridescent glass that came in blue and gold. Aurene became so popular that it began to threaten the market ascendance of Tiffany glass and Tiffany sued Steuben in 1913, claiming that the techniques for producing Aurene had been stolen from the Tiffany workrooms. The case was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence.

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