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Steuben Design: A Legacy of Light and Form
     

Steuben Design: A Legacy of Light and Form

by M.J. Madigan, E. Marie McKee (Preface by), Marie McKee
 
For 100 years Steuben has represented the pinnacle of the American glassmaker's art—internationally acclaimed, a gift of presidents, and treasured possession of collectors. But not everyone who can afford to buy Steuben crystal intuitively appreciates its quality, history, and inherent value. With compelling words and striking images, Steuben Glass: A

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For 100 years Steuben has represented the pinnacle of the American glassmaker's art—internationally acclaimed, a gift of presidents, and treasured possession of collectors. But not everyone who can afford to buy Steuben crystal intuitively appreciates its quality, history, and inherent value. With compelling words and striking images, Steuben Glass: A Legacy of Light and Form reveals Steuben's colorful history, peerless artisanship, and uncompromising standard of quality.In this volume, the images tell the Steuben story: vintage photog-raphs reveal its history; journalistic shots chronicle the painstaking process of designing, forming, finishing, and engraving a piece of Steuben; and gorgeous still-life images commissioned especially for this book display the astounding clarity and sculptural beauty of Steuben's masterworks. Brief introductory texts and extended captions are all seamlessly melded with the images in a modern, sophisticated design that reflects Steuben's forward-looking approach as it launches its second century of making “the world's most perfect crystal.”

Author Bio: Mary Jean Madigan served as editor-in-chief of several magazines including Art & Antiques, Hospitality Design, and Interiors, and has edited or contributed to 19th Century American Furniture, Prints and Photographs, and American Folk and Decorative Art.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The quandary posed by this elegant volume is why libraries should have to pay for what is essentially company advertising. Starting with a foreword by CEO Marie McKee touting Steuben as purveyor of "the world's purest crystal" and ending with a page on collecting vintage Steuben (complete with the customer service telephone number), the book showcases superb photographs of the clear glass produced after the company's 1933 shift in direction, interspersed with scenes of skilled craftsmen fashioning the objects and 20th-century notables receiving Steuben glass as gifts. Though well produced and visually beautiful, this volume is less complete than Madigan's previous Steuben Glass: An American Tradition in Crystal and lacks the historical view of Thomas P. Dimitroff and others' Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics. Not a priority purchase.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810946453
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.12(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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