Sunday, May 19, 2013

Seneca USA vs. St Louis France

                                          Seneca Water Goblet, 5.875"

St Louis, France, Water Goblet 6.125"

Here is an exmple of an American luxury glass manufacturer copying a much older French pattern. The original St Louis stems were .25" taller, the only real way to distinguish them. Both share the same high quality workmanship. In this instance, the St Louis piece has the addition of red casing, cut to clear. 

In this second example, Seneca has copied St Louis' Trianon pattern, which was introduced circa 1834. Again, the Seneca is .25" shorter than the original St Louis version. Visually they are indistiguishable.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pre WWII Modernist Style; Steuben #7924

Here's an example of a great American glass company moving from fine engraved stemware to simple, clean modernist lines. Steuben's George Thompson designed these striking goblets in 1940. At first glance one might think, "How boring, they are the "Emperor's New Clothes" and while they are simple they are also very substantial, the glass is near flawless, and the most amazing thing, they feel like silk on your lips.

                                    Steuben #7924 Water Goblet 8.375"