Posted 1 year ago
After a another year of research, this posting has been revised due to research evolving.
I have come to the conclusion on the Welz and Ruckl debate, that honestly we will NEVER know who made what until proper documentation is available.
The majority of the research that has been done is by taking a documented shape and using the decor to match with other shapes that are not documented.
Unfortunately, I don't believe this research works because we are finding many Bohemian glass companies produced the same thing.
It is important to understand the majority of the research that is done on Ruckl and Welz is EMPIRICAL research which means it's an opinion given and not based on theory or fact.
I was very lucky to have a conversation with Deb Truitt in regards to the Ruckl/Welz debate. She explained, "The problem comes when extrapolating from a known to an unknown piece. We don't have enough documentation yet to differentiate among pieces from different companies. It was a business for the glass makers, and they made what the markets wanted so many pieces are similar. So, yes, call things Bohemian until we have documentation."
My intentions for this post is to help collectors understand if you are going to rely on empirical research, be prepared to change your mind often about attributions.
Please keep in mind, if you take a documented shape and find other shapes in the same matching decor, Welz , Ruckl and Harrach will bump into each other with this type of glass.
As another example: Take a documented Loetz Tango piece in red with a black rim, and match other shapes that are red with the black trim on the rim, collector's will find more than one glass maker was producing the same thing or let's say the collector is not aware Bohemian glass companies were copying off each other, and glass was matched by decor, the collector would think it was produced by one maker which is not true.
Sorry to say... but the Welz, and Ruckl attributions are not 100% correct. So I'm taking the advice I was given by calling it Bohemian and adding Export, because more than one company was producing the same type of glass and there is practically NO documented proof to know who made what when it comes to this type of glass.
HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POSTING:
Love the shape and has been a favorite of mine. Associating the decor shown above to be Ruckl. This show and tell continues on into a colour shift from the interior. Still has the matching bloody oxblood and white spatter decor from the other Ruckl postings. Difference is the previous Ruckl postings examples have an opaque red interior. Heart shaped vase has a translucent yellow interior. Does the colour variation remind you of mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise by chance? ;)
Puffy embossed vase depicts the shape of a heart depending on which way you turn it. Rim is cut and no pontil on the bottom. Vase is sitting in a bed of burning flames, as I put it. Truly a eye catching design.
Cased glass has 4 layers. Of the 4 layers, the 4th is a thicker layer, and the other three are paper thin sheets of glass.
2. Yellow (translucent)
3. Oxblood Red with White
So far, I can honestly say these examples I have shared are Ruckl associated by decor. The heart vase with burning flames was produced in other decors and there are more examples to share in the next story, as this "show and tell" continues...