DANIA BEACH, FLA. — Akiba Antiques will bring a rare collection of Steuben glass items to auction for the first time. The sale will begin at noon EDT on July 29. Interested bidders can participate online.
The sale will feature the Steuben glass collection of Alan and Susan Shovers. The couple built their collection over nearly two decades, eventually acquiring more than 400 pieces. It took “luck, timing and their relationships with dealers and collectors willing to part with a piece or two of their prized collections,” the Shovers said.
The Shovers collection particularly highlights the work of Frederick Carder, the English artist behind Steuben. The collection was also the subject of Objects of Desire: The Art of Frederick Carder, co-authored by Alan and Susan Shovers. Akiba Antiques Gallery owners Alexander Anapolsky and Jonathan Akiba personally packed, picked and coordinated the consignment of the Shovers collection. The catalog for the event will pair Steuben glass items with a selection of fine art, collectibles and decorative art.
Leading the catalog is a figural Steuben centerpiece bowl ($10/20,000). This rare piece dates back to 1926 and features three frosted nude figures supporting a bright yellow bowl. The centerpiece recalls the early days of Steuben Glass Works, which started in 1903 when Thomas G. Hawkes partnered with Art Nouveau glassmaker Frederick Carder. Steuben phased out all colored glass from its products only a few years after it was made. Recent research suggests there are only two other known examples of this centerpiece bowl.
Also among the notable Steuben lots is a decorated brown vase made between 1907 and 1910 ($5/25,000). This iridized lead glass piece features Aurene gold leaf and peacock feather decorations in shades of brown and green. Carder developed Aurene glass in 1904 when he sprayed glass items with lead chloride and reheated them to achieve a distinct shine. Another key lot from the Shovers collection is a Steuben iridized sapphire blue vase from the early 1900s ($2/20,000).
Steuben glass collectors can consider a light blue bell-shaped vase with a hexagonal base ($2/20,000), a pair of rose-colored ginger jars with rose quartz finials ($1/10,000) and several paperweight-style cologne bottles.
Beyond Steuben glass, the auction will offer a selection of jewelry, place settings and fine and decorative artworks. These include Cuban artist Amelia Peláez’s “Womans,” an oil painting from 1944 ($10/30,000); an antique Gorham altar cross with gilt brass and jewel accents ($5/15,000); vintage European diamond and gold four-piece jewelry set ($6/12,000); salvaged antique Hermès store sign with gilt brass logo ($3/6,000); and a bronze sculpture of a Greco-Roman woman by Louis Sosson ($500-$5,000).
Akiba Antiques is at 3 North Federal Highway. For information, www.akibaantiques.com or 305-632-5563.
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“The collection of Alan and Susan Shovers offers one of the rarest selections of Steuben glass available. Alan and Susan are both experts in the field – together, they authored the book “Objects of Desire: The Art of Frederick Carder”, Which provides insight into the complex techniques and creative spirit of a master craftsman. This
marvelous collection features rare Steuben patterns, glass pieces signed by Frederick Carder, and is further complemented by fine jewelry, art, and antiques.”
Steuben “Diving Lady” Figural Centerpiece Bowl
Steuben Blue Aurene Footed Cone Vase
Rare Steuben Iridized Turquoise Vase
Rare Steuben Calcite W/ Gold Aurene Vase
Steuben Gold Aurene Jack-In-The Pulpit Vase
Steuben Plum Jade Bowl
Steuben Gold Aurene Vase “Norfolk Pattern”
Architectural Salvage Hermes Store Sign
Steuben Gold Aurene Wall Pocket
Rare Frederick Carder Steuben Blue Intarsia Vase
(4 Pc) Vintage Diamond And Gold Jewelry Set
Steuben Gold Aurene Alabaster Vase
Rare Steuben Cintra Paperweight Style Cologne Bottle
Malachite And Gold Gilt Cachepots
Steuben Blue Aurene Fan Vase
Steuben Blue Aurene Large Vase
Antique Gorham And Co. Brass And Jeweled Altar Cross
Large Royal Vienna “Fairy And The Hunter” Porcelain
Maison Le Verrier Vermeil Silver Tea/Coffee Service
Steuben Mirror Black Cut To Jade Green Vase
Steuben Blue Aurene Jack-In-The Pulpit Vase
Large Steuben Gold Aurene Trumpet Vase
Steuben Gold Aurene “Leaf And Vine” Vase
Steuben Three Prong Blue Aurene Stump Type Bud Vase
Raymond A. Whyte Surrealist Oil On Board Painting
Rare Steuben Iridized Sapphire Blue Vase
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