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Bohemian Art Glass4248 of 4500Welz tangoPINK/BLUE THORN VASE: KARLIK OR WELZ?
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Posted 5 years ago


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Ruckl is perhaps the least documented of all Czech Deco between-the wars glass production. It used to be routinely cataloged as Kralik. Now it is routinely classified as Welz. However, there are a few Ruckl catalog pages which give a hint to the enormous variety in shapes and decors produced by this firm. Anton Ruckl set up his first glasshouse in the 1890's and his company lasted until 1945.

Picture 1 shows the Green Shimmy decor. Notice that the pulls are depicted as blue, which is technically correct for many of the pieces. However, this piece, surprisingly, exhibits amethyst pulls. The point is that they do look "black" to the naked eye. The fan vase is 7.4" high and 8" at its widest. Pontil mark and provenance mark. I find it perplexing that the denomination should refer to a popular 30's American dance--but think of Tango. There were several kinds of shimmy, including canary, coral and blue. I shall be posting other Ruckl pieces in the near future. Get ready for a paradigm shift!


  1. famatta127 famatta127, 5 years ago
    one of my favorite Czech decors.
  2. jericho jericho, 5 years ago
    kralik me thinks
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    Is it too much to ask people who question attributions to offer alternate documentation for their ID's? Let me point out this decor appears on a Ruckl catalog page.
  4. cogito cogito, 5 years ago
    Al, is that signature acid etched, stamped or engraved? Specific to Ruckl?
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    I repeat: not a signature but a provenance mark. Provenance marks cannot be assigned to any specific maker, since they were applied by exporters, and it is quite possible that the same mark may appear on glass from different manufacturers. I think I know what engraved is, but I would love for someone to clarify--with clear examples--the difference between acid etched and stamped. My guess is that most provenance marked are stamped. And, of course, there are some done in script! (Lalique, for example, has acid etched and also engraved in script).
  6. cogito cogito, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the clarification. Quite helpful!
  7. SteveS SteveS, 5 years ago
    Hi Alfredo
    ... Interesting to see the Typewriter font on this (ref "The Lives of Others") ... Stamping would imply applying the mark in the mould / while hot would it not?

    Thought etched signatures (at least on Lalique) appear to be stenciled / sand blasted (hence there questionable reliability) .... Does acid etching do anything without a surface treatment to etch?
  8. SteveS SteveS, 5 years ago
    Alfredo might also be of interest to follow up on "Polka" ... Wikipedia ref :
    The polka is a Central European dance and also a genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia.
    ... looking at the article it could well be the origin of the Shimmy .... as well as the polka dot ... ?
  9. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    I just found this post under Ruckl in I fact CW posts are listed there!
  10. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    Kyle. Jericho will be correct only when he can show primary documentation proving this Ruckl is Kralik. I am amazed you accept someone's say-so rather than documentation. This is not subject to an ID check, neitheR did I call this piece a mystery. I HAVE THE DOCUMENTATION!!!
  11. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
    Dear Alfredo I have a botte with the same shape and decor in yellow, the one of the drawing, and it has nothing to do with the vase, I think the vase is Kralik because in the Rukl the blu in not an overlay.
  12. yesterdaysglass yesterdaysglass, 2 years ago
    You're correct Kivatinitz, Kralik indeed.
  13. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
    I posted my little bottle Ruckl

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