Posted 2 months ago
Here is a 7.25 inch tall trophy vase manufactured by Antonin Rückl & Sons, Vcelnicka. Vase decor is rainbow honeycomb spatter or peacock honeycomb cased glass. It is also considered cottage glass or an end of day decor as detailed further below. This colorful decor is found on a variety of shapes and in a variety of color variations. Although the handles on this vase are slightly different than the handles on my previous postings of this same shape the vases are still by the same manufacturer, Ruckl. The vessel shape is mold blown whereas applied decorations (feet, handles, rigaree, ect..) are hand formed. Therefore, variations in the applied decorations are to be expected. No two vases are alike because of this factor.
There are several other attributions for this vase shape as this partial list below will show:
1. "Identification of American Art Glass" by Richard Carter Barret, Plate 11, illustrates spangled and spattered cottage glass. The glassware shown is noted as being on display at the Bennington Museum. The museum identifies the wares shown as American made glass by The Vasa Murrina Art Glass Company or Hobbs Brockunier. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided. Mr. Barret was the Director & Curator of The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.
2. "Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940" by Robert and Deborah Truitt, Page 130, Figure 4, illustrates a yellow and white variegated trophy vase, picture #1 above. This same shape was manufactured in a variety of cottage glass or spatter decors. The author misattributes this shape to 1910 Bohemian glass by Franz Welz, Klostergrab. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided.
3. "Collectors Glass Digest" December / January 1999, Volume XII, Number 4, illustrates several cottage glass shapes. Page 52, Figure 6, illustrates the same trophy vase shape shown above. This time the vase is in rainbow honeycomb spatter decor as shown above. The author, John Franks, misattributes theses vases as English in origin and manufactured by glass workers on their own time. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided.
4. In 2012 there was an exhibit of Tango glass in the Czech Republic. The display was assembled by The Museum of Glass in Novy Bor and traveled to various museums in the region. The vase shape above but in a yellow variegated decor was on display. The label posted on the display case denotes this shape as being manufactured by Franz Wetz, Hrob. This display was put together by glass experts who misspelled the alleged manufacturers name.
A number of books have been written by various authors, each authoritative, yet the end result is confusion. The same holds true when it comes to museum displays as shown by #1 and #4 above. Museum displays, although a good guide for further research, should not be misinterpreted as primary documentation. I feel this is especially true if the manufacturers name is misspelled.
The Truitt Welz attribution made sense until December 4, 2012. That's when I found images of a vase in a related decor with a Ruckl Vcelnicka manufacturers label.
The vase shape shown above are not illustrated in any Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalog.
All constructive comments and questions are welcome.