Ronald Reagan Steuben Glass Works Dessert Coupe
Dessert coupe by Steuben glass works, pattern 7925 with "Steuben" etched along the bottom. 4" in diameter across the top opening, and 4.25" tall. Fine condition. Christie's lot sticker and University Archives Authentication tag hand numbered and signed by John Reznikoff. Fine condition.
A lovely, delicate designer piece from the Reagans, which was part of their stemware/dinnerware collection owned and used by them at their Bel Air, California home. This dessert coupe is from the respected New York firm of Steuben Glassworks in the pattern of 7925. The firm has a rich history, being founded in 1903, and originally known as Steuben, it was then later acquired by Corning Glass Works and became the Steuben Division. The Glassworks sold in 2008, and then shut down in 2011, until in early 2014, The Corning Museum of Glass announced that it would work with independent contractors to reproduce Steuben using both a new, lead-free formula and their classic leaded.
Steuben glass has long been a favorite with the Reagans as shown by their choice of a wedding gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The Reagans offered them a stunning Steuben bowl called The Crusaders as a gift of state. Steuben glass, under the direction of Arthur Houghton concentrated solely on museum quality designs in flawless, clear lead crystal which no doubt resonated with Nancy's impeccable sense of style.
Mrs. Nancy Reagan was well known for her interest in elegant designer classics and the Reagan's choice of stemware was no exception. Her flair for entertaining and hosting transformed the aura of style and sophistication to the White House. "She felt the White House should exemplify the best," said Mark Weinberg, who worked on Ronald Reagan's campaigns, in the White House Press Office. The first lady handled her life both in and out of the White House with the same conviction, and this stunning piece from their personal stemware collection personifies Nancy Reagan's attention to style and her love of timeless sophisticated design.
The Reagan auction saw record prices for a celebrity including about $200,000 for cowboy boots and $100,000 for a sheet of Presidential doodles. This incomplete set was purchased with the hopes that individual items could be offered, so as to share something intimate, private and Presidential with clients who might not wish to own a large group. The Reagans entertained a regalia of people at their home ranging from Heads of State and Politicos to the glitterati friends from the Hollywood days.
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