Posted 5 years ago
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!