Medium: Blown Glass, Aurene
Dimensions: 8 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. diameter (21 × 8.9 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the permanent collection of the Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: 3.15.106ab
Frederick Carder, an English designer, studied with Emile Galle in France and worked as a designer for Steven and Williams, limited, near Stourbridge. In 1903 he immigrated to the United States and Founded the Steuben Glass Works at Corning, New York, with Thomas G. Hawkes.
Carder was highly inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and preferred to experiment with colored glass. He developed a metallic-looking glass, aurene, in two types known as gold aurene and blue aurene. The metallic surface was added to produce the blue aurene glass of this elegant perfume bottle. The luxuriously long stopper extending the height of the bottle is as beautifully crafted as the exterior. Both exemplify Carder's exceptional attention to detail.