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Vase (USA), 1920–1929

This is a vase. It was manufactured by Steuben Glass Works. It is dated 1920–1929 and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is blown, iridized, and tooled glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Aurene, one of the first artistic effects that designer Frederick Carder created for the glass firm Steuben, imitates the iridescence of Roman glass. The iridescence was achieved by adding salts to the batch and spraying clear glass with a metallic chloride and refiring it under specific conditions. This technology earned a patent in 1904. The name Aurene is derived from Carder’s combination of the chemical symbol for gold, “Au,” and the word sheen. Carder produced this brilliant blue shade by adding cobalt oxide to the gold Aurene batch.

It is credited Museum purchase from Mary Blackwelder Memorial Fund.

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Its dimensions are

Overall: 35 x 21 x 15 cm (13 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: "Steuben Aurene 7104"

Cite this object as

Vase (USA), 1920–1929; Manufactured by Steuben Glass Works (United States); blown, iridized, and tooled glass; Overall: 35 x 21 x 15 cm (13 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.); Museum purchase from Mary Blackwelder Memorial Fund; 1977-56-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Iridescence.

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