Posted 9 months ago
I've had these two glasses by Claus Josef Riedel now for about a month. I think they are lovely! Simply elegant! They have the ring of a well tuned bell.
I've been searching high and low, but the only reference I have for them comes from my Taschen source book "60's Decorative Art " by Charlotte & Peter Fiell. These books have been helpful over the years in providing me with stimulus before I go out on the hunt. On this occasion I went to a shop here in Sydney and saw these two for a couple of dollars each in the window. From the outside I though maybe they were Orrefors. I went in and saw that both of them had rectangular labels, one slightly different to the other. Out came the loupe and I saw that they were Riedel. The labels were different to the Riedel labels today.Each of them has an etched mark to the centre of the foot. The mark is JR within a large C made out of three separated lines. I think this is the mark of Professor CLAUS J. RIEDEL.
There's some interesting discussion about this 'sand-blasted' signature on the net:
Ivo Haanstra makes the point that the design of the mark changes from year to year. "I believe the Riedels re-established their industry in Austria in 1955; the CJR (Claus-Josef Riedel) monogram was introduced 1960. The monogram changes from year to year - so the Riedels can tell from the monogram when the piece was made. Not sure if this information is found anywhere else... it is not on their website".
These glasses are described by the Fiell's as being "Tulip shaped" and they appear on page 382 as being 1965-1966. The shape is similar to the current production pieces: 'Sommeliers' Burgundy Grand Cru. But it is quite different too! The lip is much more everted on these two glasses of mine.
The height is unusual as well. Both have the same shaped bowl: 8.5 cm wide at the lip. The bowl is 10 cm at its widest. The foot is also 10 cm across.
The smaller glass is 21 cm tall and the larger one is 26 cm tall! It's a monster! The photo in the Fiell's book has these glasses in what looks to be at least five different heights.
I have two.
The hunt begins for the other three!
8.5 cm = 3.35"
10 cm = 3.95"
21cm = 8.27"
26 cm = 10.24"
If you can help me with any more information about these glasses I'd appreciate your input.