Intarsia Vase

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Object Name: 
Intarsia Vase
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Overall H: 17.4 cm, Diam (max): 12.3 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Gladys Carder Welles
Web Description: 
Carder considered Intarsia to be his greatest achievement. In 1916, Swedish glassmakers had developed the Graal technique, in which colored reliefs were cased in crystal and the surface was then smoothed. Carder experimented with this technique in 1916 or 1917, and he started commercial production of Intarsia in the 1920s. He made bowls, goblets, and vases with a floral or foliate design in a thin layer of colored glass sandwiched between two thin layers of colorless glass. The vase shown here was made in an unusual combination of colors. The amethyst design is enclosed between two layers of French blue. Most of Carder’s Intarsia glass bears the engraved facsimile signature “Fred’k Carder.” This glass was not produced in large numbers, and very few examples are known today.
Welles Estate, Gladys C., Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Transparent amethyst and "French Blue" lead glass; blown. Circular flared upper rim curvilinearly tapers to base; amethyst floral and vine design between two layers of "French Blue" glass; dome-shape foot with folded rim; rough pontil; wheel engraved on side of body: "Fred'k Carder".
Frederick Carder: Portrait of a Glassmaker
Corning Museum of Glass 1985-04 through 1985-10
Davenport Art Gallery 1985-12-01 through 1986-01-12
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg 1986-09-21 through 1986-11-09
Walters Art Gallery 1987-02-18 through 1987-04-12
Collecting Earlier American Glass (2010-04) illustrated, p. 45, 4 (thumbnail); BIB# AI79439
Glassmaking, America's First Industry (2009-01) illustrated, p. 242-43, Fig. 11; BIB# AI77121
Glass A to Z (2002) illustrated, p. 259; BIB# 73416
A Legacy of Beauty (1995-09-30) p. 81; BIB# AI35849
Glasskolan 5: Galles epok (1990-05) p. 62;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 210-211, pl. 97; BIB# 33819
Frederick Carder: Portrait of a Glassmaker (1985) illustrated, pp. 102, 119, pl. 61; BIB# 31168
Le Nouveau Musee du verre a Corning (1980) pp. 52-59, ill. p. 57, #11;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 86, #86; BIB# 21161
The Glass of Frederick Carder (1971) pp. 73-77, ill. 112-116; pl. XX-XXI; BIB# 27279