Posted 5 years ago
The beauty of the Rindskopf section in the Passau Museum Catalog, Band IV resides in the fact that most of the pieces are easily accessible through Internet. I have added new shapes and decors in my own article on Rindskopf for loetz.com.
Rindskopf had several distinguishing production characteristics. They produced the same shapes in various decors and sizes, as it can be seen in the PM catalog. They also produced vases in the same decor, some hand-blown (with pontils), some mold-blown (without). My collection consists of such pairs, usually 12"-13" tall. I also try to find either decor or shape in the 6"-6.5" size, for I like the contrast between the very tall and the very small.
The two vases pictured above share the same shape and size but different decors, and appear with consecutive catalog numbers: PMC IV-313--the "Karnak" red vase (a very apt name given by the dealer who sold it to me)--and PMC IV-314. They are both 12" tall, blown from the top. In its day Rindskopf, not Kralik, was considered Loetz' most important competitor. However, before it closed in the 920's it had become Czechoslovakia's prime source for carnival glass. Brick red glass and marbling are almost certainly markers for Rindskopf.
I have done some research on the fate of the people who ran the Czech glass industry before the Nazi invasion. I have found out that 14 Rindskopf family members perished in the Holocaust.