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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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IN MY RELENTLESS SEARCH TO AVOID IDENTIFICATION TERMINOLOGY FOR WHICH THERE IS MORE SPECULATION THAN DOCUMENTATION, I HAVE COINED ANOTHER WORKING TERM.

FIRST, I CREATED "CZECH DECO EXPORT", TO NAME THE GROUP OF VASES IMPORTED FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA BY THE BUTLER BROTHERS AND OTHERS DURING THE LATE 20'S AND EARLY THIRTIES. THEY ARE MOSTLY IDENTIFIABLE BY BEING INCLUDED IN THEIR CATALOGS.

HOWEVER, THE TERM "DECO" DOES NOT APPLY TO ALL IMPORTS. MANY OF THE PIECES STILL REFLECT THE ORGANIC, FLORAL AESTHETIC CHARACTERISTIC OF ART NOUVEAU. SOME ARE ALSO FROM THE 20'S. SOME CAN BE FOUND IN THE EARLIEST CATALOGS. SO THE TERM "CZECH VAN (VICTORIAN/ART NOUVEAU) EXPORT"

CONFUSION HAS ALSO ENSUED IN THEIR CASE BECAUSE THEY ARE ROUTINELY ATTRIBUTED TO AMERICAN OR BRITISH MANUFACTURERS AND AS SUCH APPEAR IN BOOKS COVERING THEM. THIS CONFUSION POINTS TO JUST HOW SUCCESSFUL THE CZECHS REALLY WERE IN PRODUCING GLASS ACCORDING TO TARGET MARKETS.

AND THUS I COME TO MY NEW PIECE, WHICH HAS A STORY (OF COURSE). I BOUGHT ONE LIKE IT AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR. THE DEALER WROTE TO SAY SHE HAD BROKEN IT IN PACKING AND GAVE ME A FULL REFUND.

AND THEN, I JUST FOUND A SECOND ONE. FLORIFORM "VICTORIAN" KRALIK, 1900-1905. 5.5" TALL TO THE TIP OF THE TALLEST PETAL, ABOUT 4.5 AT THE WIDEST PART OF THE BOTTOM SHOULDER, VERY ROUGH PONTIL MARK. TRANSPARENT LIGHT GREEN GLASS WITH AN OPALESCENT RIM OF FIVE PETALS WHICH GLOW LAVENDER UNDER UV WHILE THE BODY GLOWS URANIUM (PICS. 1-3)

PIC. 4 SHOWS A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF WHAT i CALL "CZECH VAN EXPORT". LET ME CLARIFY: "VAN" REFERS TO A MIXED STYLE. , NOT TO A HISTORICAL PERIOD . FLORIFORMS, NO MATTER WHEN THEY WERE MADE, REFLECT AN ART NOUVEAU SENSIBILITY THAT ALSO APPEALED TO THE VICTORIAN SENSIBILITY. THE BASKETS IN THE PICTURE FIRST APPEAR IN A 1900 CATALOG, AND ARE STILL BEING OFFERED IN 1932.

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  1. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    Great Post Alfredo!
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    I OUGHT TO WRITE A BOOK CALLED CZECH GLASS FOR DUMMIES!
  3. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    LMAO! i would buy several coppies!!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Nice glass!

    The JIP in photo #4 must have been a popular form-- I have one and another poster has one on this site as well.

    scott
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    IF YOU ARE REFERRING TO THE CRACKLE VASE WITH THE FLOWER, IT WAS INDEED QUITE POPULAR. I HAVE A COMPOSITE PICTURE OF FOUR VARIANTS.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    That's it.

    scott
  7. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    IN MY COMMENT ABOVE, ONE WORD APPEARS UNDERLINED. DO NOT CLICK ON IT! IT'S THE LATEST ATTEMPT TO MAKE YOU BUY SOMETHING BY PRETENDING IT IS A LINK RELATED TO THE COMMENT! CHARCOAL, IN YOUR CASE IT WAS ANOTHER WORD: PRINTER.
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    It did not show up underlined. I think it's OK. And it does apply. I do not like most of VAN, but I love the floriforms.
  9. allirish, 2 years ago
    I would definitely buy that book! I need one!

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