Union Street Glass, founded by Guy Corrie in 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is best known for its delicate gold aventurine accented Venetian-style glass stemware, so when I found this large magnificent Venetian-style optic glass apothecary jar at an estate sale about fifteen years ago, I couldn't have been more excited. Fast forward a decade and a half and I've STILL never come across this piece again (and I am addicted to Union Street Glass) -- that's how impossibly unattainable this piece is. Afficienados of the gorgeous production of this small studio glass company will recognize this design as from the long-discontinued "SOHO" collection. It is much like the company's staple "Manhattan" line except that the gold-flecked ball and finial are ribbed rather than smooth. I'd guess that the cost of blowing the spiral-ridged orbs of the "Soho" pieces to perfection was higher than the current smooth design. (Revisiting the web site after so many years, I see now that the company has outsourced its production of its exquisite light, thin-walled, and delicate stemware to Bohemian masters due to the cost and availability of such experienced glass blowers locally.)
This spectacular jar, however, having been produced in 2001, was made in the US, and the signature on the base reads "Union Street Glass 2001". It remains in absolute mint condition as I've only used it as a display piece in my guest bath (see last photo), and never could bring myself to put anything in it.
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