For sale is a utilitarian piece of art glass made by The Steuben Glass Company of Corning, New York. The item is a hand blown "Luncheon Plate" and it is done in the Verre de Soie style of art glass. This was Frederick Carder's Favorite Glass. Verre de Soie literally means "Glass of Silk". The plate is a good size as it stands 9/16" tall and is 8 1/2" in diameter.
The plate depicts a milky translucent white glass throughout. The entire plate has a wonderful iridescent sheen to it. You can see beautiful hues of fuchsia, purples and blues. When you rub this piece of glass across your face it has a very silky feel to it, thus the name "Verre de Soie" glass of silk.
The plate is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are hardly any scratches on the plate and this includes the bottom. This plate is unsigned as this style "Verre de Soie" usually carried a paper label. The piece does display a polished counter sunk pontil mark, this is the finishing mark of a quality hand blown art glass. This is shape number 2028 in the Steuben catalog of shapes. I have attached a link to the Steuben Club Website to show you below.
http://www.cardersteubenclub.org/shapes/item-view.cfm?category=ShapeIndex&recordID=25851&back=1 Just click on or copy and paste into your address browser and it will bring you right to the item.
Steuben art glass is some the highest quality glass you can own. At the turn of the Century LCT Tiffany Studio's Favrile line was their main competitor and their glass fared equally as well. They created some of the nicest art glass vases the world has ever seen. Steuben dinner plates with iridescence are some of the hardest to find. These items were used and most of them did not survive. Those of you who collect Verre de Soie and want an excellent example do not let this one slip by you!! This piece was early in Steuben's production as it was made circa 1905-1920.