Answered By: Regan Brumagen Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017 Views: 36
The Paul Vickers Gardner you refer to was an assistant to Frederick Carder at Steuben Glass from 1929-1943. He then served as curator of glass and ceramics at the Smithsonian Institution from 1948-1977, when he retired. He died in 1994 at the age of 86. He was a glass artist and designer, but in talking to one of our local Carder experts, the only published image of his work that this expert knew of was a piece in colorless glass. However our curatorial staff might be able to provide more information if you send a digital image and description through their online form (http://www.cmog.org/glass-questions).
The Paul Vickers Gardner center at Alfred also owns some of his work. They would certainly be worth contacting to see if they had any similar piece or more information on Gardner's career as an artist.
As a non-profit, cultural institution, The Museum cannot offer appraisal services. If you wish to determine the value of your glass piece, you may want to consult a reliable local antique dealer, or send a photograph of the object to a reputable auction house (see ArtNet’s directory of auction houses worldwide, http://www.artnet.com/auctionhousedirectory/index.aspx).
You can also find appraisers through several professional organizations: The American Society of Appraisers (phone) 1-800-ASA-VALU (online) http://www.appraisers.org; The Appraisers Association of America (phone) 212-889-5404 (online) http://www.appraisersassoc.org; and The International Society of Appraisers (phone) 312-224-2567 (online) http://www.isa-appraisers.org.
Your local library may have a subscription to
Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible.