For sale is a wonderful piece of art glass made by The Steuben Glass Company of Corning, New York. The item is a "Footed Ruffled Salt" and it is done in Frederick Carder's most desirable Blue Aurene glass. The salt is a nice cabinet size as it stands 1 5/8" tall and is 3 5/8" in diameter at its widest point.
The salt has a ruffled low bowl shape with 4 applied Fleur de Lis stylized feet. There are 6 of these ruffles which made it easy to pour salt.The salt is made in one of Frederick Carder's favorite types of glass known as Blue Aurene. The Blue Aurene iridescence is outstanding as you can see vivid hues of purple and platinum blues and a touch of fuchsia. The texture of the glass is silky smooth to the touch and feels much like the texture of Steuben's Verre de Soie glass which was also known as "Glass of Silk".
The salt is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips or dings. There are a few minor polishing flea nicks to the feet and I'm positive these were done in the making and these are pictures at 14X zoom. The salt also displays a counter sunk polished pontil. This is the finishing sign of a quality piece of art glass. The piece is signed on the bottom with etched "Aurene" signature mark along with its shape number "139".
This is known as shape number "139" at the Steuben Club website of shapes. I have attached a link below for you to view this so you can see that this was made by The Steuben Glass Company of Corning, NY. Steuben Blue Aurene ruffled salts are considered quite rare. I have not seen one of these in over 25 years. I have only seen a few gold ones in that same time frame. You will be hard pressed to find another one soon. I have searched everywhere on-line to find a documented sale and I could not. The only reference I could find was that mentioned in the Steuben Club catalog of shapes.
Those of you who collect Steuben Blue Aurene will surely welcome this wonderful Salt into your collection. I'm quite sure the buyer will be very pleased for many years with their purchase. This salt was made Circa 1902-1910 based on its signature mark. This mark is considered an early mark as is it form number at 139. It was one of Steuben's earliest.
http://www.cardersteubenclub.org/shapes/item-view.cfm?category=Shape%20Index&recordID=28565&back=1 Click on or copy and paste into browser to view Steuben Club Archives.