A PAIR OF YELLOW AND COBALT GLASS CANDLESTICKS, BY STEUBEN
AMERICAN, CIRCA 1929
H: 13.75 inches
H: 34.6 cm
The spiral baluster standard on a circular base, surmounted by an urn-form candleholder. Unsigned, bearing a ground pontil mark.
Frederick Carder, born in Staffordshire England in 1863, emigrated to Corning, New York after a successful career with the English glass company Stevens and Williams. In 1903, he co-founded the Steuben Glassworks naming the firm after the county in which it is located. Carder, a perfectionist, ran the factory with total control and sales grew steadily. Steuben flourished producing expensive, labor intensive pieces created by its talented and highly skilled craftsmen. However, in 1932 feeling the effects of the Great Depression, Steuben ceased selling colored glass and, except for rare special orders, specialized in clear glass pieces. Glassware produced by Steuben until 1932 is referred to as Carder Steuben and many of them are unsigned. Whether a piece is signed or not follows no pattern.