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Posted 5 years ago


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This is a classic example of Czech Deco Tango from the period between the two World Wars. Glass from this period was primarily intended for mass production and export. Much of it was of inferior quality, while much of it retained the characteristically superior Czech craftsmanship. This example is simplicity itself, without sacrificing line or design. It is also 9.5" tall, as my previous posting (pic. 4). The applied decor, a leaf girdle or crown applied to the bottom of the vase, usually appears only in blue (pic 3). This vase shows a variant: clear leaves lined in blue (pic. 2). There are vases with leaves forming the rim as well, but unfortunately I do not own one (yet). The small red one also appears in the Butler Brothers catalogs.

A point to be made: this glass entered the USA in great quantities during the 30's and thanks to being exported survived the WWII Czech glass holocaust. Much of it also ended up in the UK, which has become a valuable venue to search for these pieces


  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    The more I see, the more I like it Alfredo!
  2. ABQCathy ABQCathy, 5 years ago
    I like these--a very creative design for applied glass that works well with the overall shape and color of the vases.
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    Actually, Powolny is kind of an glass "urban legend" created by dealers to sell what they themselves considered second rate glass. Powolny was primarily a ceramist, and his glass designs for Loetz are few and well documented. Not even the (in)famous three-handled pieces are his. Though Loetz created Tango, the masters of Tango and Deco became Kralik, Welz and Ruckl.

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