Signed SteubenWhirlwind Carafe/Pitcher designed by Massimo Vignelli "Stirred, not shaken..." consider this stunning, rare signed Steuben Whirlwind Carafe/barware pitcher the perfect choice for your holiday entertaining--martinis, juices or iced sparkling waters. This is a beautiful carafe/pitcher with a rippled optic effect by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli for Steuben. This carafe/pitcher is in superb condition with no chips, no cracks, no scratches and no water stains or internal cloudiness, it appears unused... a giftworthy piece or one that you will be proud to display or entertain with. This lovely Whirlwind Carafe measures just under 8" tall by approx. 3" in diameter. Filled to the brim it holds one quart (32oz.) The Carafe is fully signed " steuben" on the base bottom. Steuben is noted for their rigorous attention to detail and for the high quality of their glass. They state in their literature that they do not market "seconds". In fact, they note that such pieces are destroyed in house. Steuben Glass was founded by Frederick Carder in 1903 and is located in the Fingerlakes Region of New York State. By following strict standards for design and manufacture they have achieved recognition as the worlds premier glassworks. Steuben Glass is frequently the gift of state by US Presidents to foreign dignitaries. Steuben is a luxury brand and they have no "sales". Because of these factors, a well maintained handmade Steuben collectible is likely to increase in value over time. A very fair starting bid for Steuben barware in superb condition with no hidden reserve --(Steuben currently offers three styles of barware pitchers. These can be seen at by entering"pitcher" in the search box--this Whirlwind Carafe is most similar in size to the Evening Martini Pitcher which retails for $800 before taxes--the other handled pitchers retail for $900). I ship promptly and pack with care double boxing fragiles. My goal is that you are satisfied with this auction, the item and the service you receive. I encourage you to ask questions. The art glass that I offer is handmade and as such may vary slightly from item to item. I appreciate your interest in this auction and I hope you will take time to look at the other items I have listed on Ebay this week. This Whirlwind Carafe is Steuben #8719, a retired design only available on the secondary market. It appears on page 351 of the MJ Madigan Steuben reference book 2003 edition.