Posted 4 years ago
Czech glass was already being sold by the Butler Brothers by 1900. This is one of the rarest and earliest shapes I have found (pic. 1). It is a Thorn vase, bent twisted upon itself to form two openings. The pink one is 12" tall; the maroon and green, just under 12" (pic. 2) Both show the presence of uranium. I was lucky enough to find smaller versions, with different kinds of shapes (pic 3). And I was also lucky to find pairs which matched both of my tall vases (pic 4). The fact I found the tall "flame" here and its matching pair in England, shows that these vases were being exported to both countries. and many times, they are attributed to British and American companies ( See Gerald Manley's book on British Victorian glass).
I also want to draw attention to how these shapes exemplify to the utmost the Art Nouveau axiom of organic form. An examination of the BB catalogs is indispensable for the adequate identification of Czech glass, particularly of the Deco period. And as a joke, look at how these pieces sold wholesale!
Note: I did find the other vase in the BB catalog. As you can tell, it appears in a book on British Victorian Design!