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Josephinenhütte small covered box w/silver overlay - Alexander Pfohl design, ca. 1927

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Posted 2 years ago

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Designed by Alexander Pfohl** for Josephinenhütte, colorless lead crystal with opal-pink overlay and stylized silver galvanized decoration; mold blown and cut. The bottom is ground and polished. Tiny inscribed numbers in the silver around the finial - either 1000/1000 or 7000/7000 (very hard to see) - a limited edition? I believe decor number 3062 based on identical decoration on a cataloged vessel at the Glasmuseum Passau*.

*Source: Josephine Glassworks - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - Modern 1900-1950 by Stefania Zelasko, published by Glasmuseum Passau.

**Alexander Pfohl, Jr. studied in Vienna at an early age with such masters as Koloman Moser, Michael Powolny, and others at the Wiener Werkstaette. After four years in the army and the end of World War I, he moved to Silesia, where he was put in charge of designs for Josephinenhuette, until moving back home in 1928 as a professor at the Novy Bor (Haida) Glass School. While there he originated many designes for such firms as Kulka, Goldberg, Hosch, Palda, and Moser, among others. His influence on designers in Germany and the Czech Republic are felt to this day.

-See Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940, by Robert & Deborah Truitt

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  1. flowerrose, 2 years ago
    Beautiful.
  2. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 2 years ago
    I love your research and study of glass! Great example of one of the pieces designed by Alexander Pfohl for Josephinenhütte. Thanks for taking the time to educate us about the origins of this beautiful pink covered box.
  3. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 2 years ago
    I don't think they did limited editions in the way we know them now at that point in history.
  4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Maybe so - I just don't know the significance of the engraved numbers.
  5. inky inky, 2 years ago
    So soft and beautiful!....:-)
  6. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 2 years ago
    Very nice find, and nice research! I wonder if the engraved numbers represent the silver content, as Europe had/has a different system for marking their silver vs the U.S.
  7. flowerrose, 2 years ago
    Just came back for my second peek. This is such a lovely piece.
  8. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks guys
  9. Lustrousstone Lustrousstone, 2 years ago
    I thought Josephinenhütte was in Polish Silesia at that time
  10. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Leah - you guys do find some cool stuff; in fact, I was wondering if this bowl and the other JH piece I got from you came from the same estate. If it's a coincidence, it's unusual to find two such closely related and somewhat obscure pieces at random!
  11. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 months ago
    Man -- There is some Great Glass being posted here on CW.

    I keep DROOLING....

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