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Bloch2 of 3Leerdam glass statueLUCIENNE BLOCH FOR LEERDAM 'HERT' 1929
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Posted 3 years ago

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Alfredo
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40 years ago, as I was ready to leave PR, a friend gave me a little duck (Eend), which I have kept to this day. Later, a friend here in NY got me a larger version (Eendje) at the flea market. I added two small ones --one of which I gave to a friend. I found a second large duck, this time with a Leerdam label. The hunt was on.

Then there was the matter of owls. By now I could recognize Leerdam's distinctive frosted glass. Both my partner and I collect owls, and my advice has always been to avoid the cheap stuff. But when I saw this first owl, I knew what it was and bought it. Now I had to document everything!

I went on E-Bay, and lo and behold, a similar owl had just gone for a considerable amount. I wrote the dealer asking for ID help and he DIRECTED me to the Leerdam exhibition catalog, which was currently on sale. I got it (more expensive that my three owls put together, since I had found them at the local FM)

And thus I found out the ducks and the elephant (Oliphant)which I added later had been designed by Lucienne Bloch, Ernst Bloch's youngest daughter(check Wikipedia: a fascinating story) The owls (Uil), by Hein Hauptman, and the 14" Madonna, my latest find, by S. A. . Uiterwaal.

I do not like clear glass except in wine stems. But I love animal figurines!

I forgot to add: they had paper labels which most have lost. I think I can recognize them anywhere, having memorized the book!

The reference: THIMO TE DUITS: GEPERT GLAS UIT LEERDAM,
GLASMUSEUM LEERDAM/DRENTS MUSEUM ASSEN, 1991.

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  1. Grendelking Grendelking, 3 years ago
    So cool. I like them all, especially the Madonna. The birds are really cute as well as the owls. These are fantastic.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Heel mooi, Alfredo!
  3. susan, 3 years ago
    I love Stef Uiterwaal's madonna, i used to have one until in my early days of collecting i had to sell her, one of the biggest regrets of my life.
    see here for another design by Uiterwaal
    http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4005445
  4. Hartogg, 3 years ago
    Hi,

    They are great, the owl's have a great value here in NL. They are sold for euro 300 -400 at the moment. The Madonna is also great but you need to find a base with light in them, there is a light for the big Madonna and another one for the small one. I collect Leerdam glass since 20 years now and bought a lot of nice items from people living in the USA. This is also a nice site when you like Leerdam glass : http://www.leerdamunica.nl/. Whne oyu have a question about Leerdam glass or have something to sell, let me know.

    Greetings Gertjan
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Ooooh these are so nice Alfredo!
  6. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    CAN'T YOU TELL "THE GLASS MENAGERIE" INFLUENCE? I LOVED TEACHING THAT PLAY!
  7. flowerrose flowerrose, 2 years ago
    Oh, I love them!
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    UNFORTUNATELY, AT THE TIME THE APARTMENT WAS DEBUGGED, THE ELEPHANT, THE MADONNA AND TWO OF THE OWLS WERE STOLEN . . . AND THAT WAS NOT ALL!
  9. flowerrose flowerrose, 2 years ago
    Oh no that's terrible!!!!!!!!! So sad :-(
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Still love these!
  11. Bazelmania Bazelmania, 2 years ago
    I have a clear big duck, which is marked (LB) and unfrosted.
    That's both very unusual. If you like I van send you a photo.
  12. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    BUT. . . . SINCE THE ROBBERY I HAVE REPLACED WHAT I LOST. AND ADDED A DASHUND.
  13. Bazelmania Bazelmania, 2 years ago
    That's good to hear !
    BTW there's a dachshund for sale here in Holland in purple (nearly black) glass. That's not an article that was meant for sale. Some workers had purple glass left over after 5 o'clock and made something for themselves I guess.
  14. Alfredo Alfredo, 9 months ago
    Update: all of the "stolen" figurines were found! And I added a large, gorgeous Leerdam spiral twist egg shaped paperweight. See a recent post. And I got two dashunds, both with labels.
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 months ago
    Great news Al!

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