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Posted 6 years ago


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New York City used to have a great flea market on 6th Ave. and 26th St. One Sunday on 1978, I saw this beautiful twisted vase that reminded me of the skirt of a young woman in a poster I had just bought. It was dirt cheap and I got it. that December, while window shopping in the Village, I saw the second vase. My roommate wanted it, but did not buy it outright. i went back to the store on my own, and bingo, I got it. A week later, while going through a Sotheby's catalog, my sister saw it. We were stunned: a Loetz with a hefty estimate! From then on, everything that was iridescent had to be Loetz. Meanwhile, I had started to dream of a large green iridescent pitcher. But a shop in my neighborhood had a tomato red iridescent vase that freaked me out. I bought it. Months later, i was taking a friend home. We passed by a store with darkened windows. but there, shimmering in the darkness, was the pitcher I had been dreaming about!
It turned out my pieces were not all Loetz, only the frosted green and the green pitcher. The other two were Kralik and Rindskopf respectively. I was already addicted, and Czech glass was still relatively inexpensive. I still have those very first four pieces!


  1. tikiray tikiray, 6 years ago
    Great story.... and the pieces are gorgeous!
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 6 years ago
    The Loetz pieces are 13". The Kralik, 10". The Rindskopf, 9". People have made offers, but I tell them they will go into my Egyptian pyramid with me!
  3. officialfuel officialfuel, 6 years ago
    Very nice story! One piece, then two, then.............. we collectors know how the story never has an ending. Thanks for sharing!
  4. tikiray tikiray, 6 years ago
    Hey, no fair!! You can't take these beautiful pieces with you when you go.... you gotta will them to me! LOL
  5. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    I wish the pieces of Bohemian Glaaa I dream about would turn up a great price ...
  6. alfavil, 6 years ago
    Marty, look at Australian E-Bay. There is a bowl there I'd kill for!
  7. goodjunk, 6 years ago
    i too loved that 26th st market...i used to drive for 7 hours to attend there at 4 am and picked till noon...the most incredible items used to pop out of that market still going on?
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 6 years ago
    Unfortunately, it is all high-rises now. There is a two-story garage and an open space. I have not bought anything there in years. I do my shopping on Internet.

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