Shower Vase

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Object Name: 
Shower Vase
Accession Number: 
97.4.21
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 43.1 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1905-1912
Credit Line: 
Purchased with donated funds from Marvin S. Shadel in memory of Elizabeth R. Shadel
Web Description: 
Frederick Carder never admitted that he admired cut glass. He would say only that “when well designed, cut glass has a brilliancy like no other material except the diamond.” He had designed cut glass patterns during his early employment in England, and the popularity of cut glass in America prompted him to establish a cutting shop at Steuben. Responding to popular demand, he sometimes produced pieces that were “cut all over” and “painful to pick up.” Most of the cut objects created in Steuben’s early years are among the best such works of their time. This shower vase was an elegant centerpiece in the home. Steuben’s records indicate that it originally sold for five dollars, and that a similar shape was made with hanging baskets as well as trumpets. Such shapes would have been familiar to Carder even before he left England, but cut flower stands are rare in English glass.
Department: 
Provenance: 
From the Cutter's Wheel, Source
1997-03-26
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; blown, cut, put together with silver mount. Shallow bowl (a) with three trumpet-shaped vases rising from the center, held in place by a silver-plated mount. The central trumpet (b) is the largest, has a top edge of scallops and points and is cut in a diamond and fan pattern on the top half; the two smaller side vases (c and d) are cut identically; bases of all three fit into the silver mount; the bowl is cut in diamonds and fans and has a scalloped rim; it rises to a point in the center of the bowl and the silver mount is fastened there.
Chemistry: The Practical Science (2006) illustrated, p. 323, figure 8.15;
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, pp. 58-59, #100; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 158, #43; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, p. 12;