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Steuben glass : an American tradition in crystal
Madigan, Mary Jean Smith.
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Revised and expanded.
Publication Information:
New York : H.N. Abrams, 2003.
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384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
How Steuben glass is made -- Foundations: 1903-1929 -- The troubled years: 1929-1932 -- A new beginning: 1933-1937 -- World's Fair and World War: 1938-1946 -- Gearing for expansion: 1946-1950 -- From America to the world: 1951-1961 -- Experiment and change: 1958-1972 -- Celebrating the artist: 1973-1982 -- Steuben in transition: 1982-1992 -- Driven by design: 1992-1998 -- Approaching the millennium: 1998-2002.
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For 100 years, Steuben glass has represented the epitome of American crystal. This volume, revised and updated to celebrate Steuben's centenary, traces the company's history. Mary Jean Madigan provides an illustrated identification guide to virtually all Steuben pieces made since 1933, from one-of-a-kind museum objects to functional items such as glasses, candlesticks, bowls and vases.

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Library Journal Review

Founded in 1903 in Corning, NY, the Steuben Glass company has since made its reputation as the foremost crystal producer in the United States. The bowls, goblets, vases, and other art pieces, whether incised or poured, have rivaled European crystal yet emerged with sleek modern lines that have been sought by art collectors and given as gifts to U.S. Presidents. The illustrations (color and black-and-white) in this grand volume are as sharp and clear as the pictured objects. This revised and enlarged edition of a book first published in 1982 features new text and an appended catalog, illustrated with small, black-and-white photos and line drawings of "the preponderance of Steuben's output between 1933 and 2002-some 1,499 pieces of stock glass and 1,384 decorative or exhibition pieces." These entries include dimensions and prices, also designers' initials. Of the 188 artists and designers of Steuben glass listed, 120 are treated to brief biographies. This edition includes a detailed history of the Steuben Glass company by longtime decorative arts writer and curator Madigan, and commentaries by Paul Schulze, former director of design at Steuben, which also appeared in the 1982 edition. The company's 100-year success is celebrated here with numerous archival and recent photos. Highly recommended for large decorative arts collections.-Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Three new chapters, covering 1982-2002, expand this revision (1st ed., 1982) of Madigan's chronicle of the internationally known Steuben glass firm. Throughout, changes in strategic personnel, design philosophy, methods of craftsmanship, technology, and marketing are discussed. Founded in 1903 by an English glassmaster and acquired by Corning Glass in 1918, a major change occurred when Steuben president Arthur M. Houghton (1933-73) took charge. He established a professional design team and set high aesthetic standards to create "the most perfect crystal the world has ever known." In the 1930s, weighty, volumetric forms, embellished with superb engraving, were introduced. The firm's New York shop exuded serene elegance. Individual ornamental or exhibition pieces were, and still are, often commissioned as gifts to heads of state or for ceremonial occasions. Through the years, new series, first shown at special exhibitions, were inaugurated--Poetry in Crystal, Sculpture in Crystal, Animal Kingdom, etc. The last 20 years have seen changes in design and plant improvements, aimed at continuing to insure high aesthetic standards and profitability. A well-written volume with beautiful color illustrations, artists' biographies, and a catalog, in photos or line drawings, of all Steuben glass--utilitarian, ornamental, and exhibition pieces from 1933 through 2001. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. J. J. Poesch emerita, Tulane University