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"Europa & the Bull," Art Deco Masterpiece in Engraved Glass by Waugh for Steuben

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One of world's greatest achievements in Art Deco artisanry, the famed "Europa and the Bull" spherical bowl was designed by Sidney Waugh and executed by the Steuben Glass division of corning glass in the 1930s. Waugh had been hired by Steuben as its chief designer in 1933, and over the next 20 years he designed a wide array of bowls, vases and other glass objects that were decorated with high-style Art Deco figures executed via copper-wheel engraving. Arthur Amory Houghton, grandson of the founder of Corning, took the Steuben division in a new and modern direction when he hired John Monteith Gates to be its managing director and Waugh to be its first designer. Steuben became known as one of the globe's great modern glass companies, and from the 1930s-1950s, Steuben rivaled Orrefors in Sweden and Lobmeyr in Austria for the finest engraved Art Deco glass work in the world. This piece was displayed from 2004-2005 at an exhibition organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, memorialized in the exhibition catalogue, "Crystal Clear: Steuben Glass from the Collection of Marianne and Isidore Cohn, Jr".

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Steuben Glass

Steuben is the most illustrious name in American art glass. Its vividly colored Art Nouveau and Asian-style wares produced in the early 20th century as well as later modernist works rendered in flawlessly clear crystal are objects of striking beauty and delicacy. The Steuben Glass Works was cofounded in 1903 in the town of Corning, New York, by Frederick Carder, a self-taught English chemist and glassmaker. Carder was a restless experimenter, constantly creating new color formulas that resulted in a wide array of hues, from milky jades to his iridescent Aurene shades. A favorite Carder technique was to acid-etch decorative patterns into pieces made of glass layered in different colors. The forms of his vessels were relatively conservative. Most are based on classic Chinese pottery; many display the flowing, naturalistic lines of the Art Nouveau period. The larger local firm Corning Glass acquired Steuben in 1918. The company’s approach to art glass changed radically in the early 1930s, when Corning chemists devised a new type of crystal known as 10M, with perfect clarity and brilliant refractive powers. Corning decided that, henceforth, all Steuben wares would be made from the crystal. Art glass was made in two formats: molded and polished abstract sculptures and figurines, or pieces for which artists used Steuben crystal as a sort of canvas. The first such artwork was sculptor Stanley Waugh’s 1935 Gazelle Bowl, a vessel etched with brawny Art Deco animal forms. In later years, Steuben would invite artists that included Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe and Isamu Noguchi to “paint” in the firm’s crystal. Steuben glass comes in myriad forms and is available in a broad range of price points. Jewel-toned glasses and tableware from the Carder era include candlesticks marked at $300 and full dinner services for more than $10,000. Small crystal figurines bring around $1,000, while larger sculptures are priced in the neighborhood of $7,000. As you will see on these pages, Steuben glass, with its impeccable artistry and timeless grace, deserves a place in any collection.
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