Posted 3 months ago
Here are a few vases by Antonin Rückl & Sons, Vcelnicka. First vase is lemon yellow and white variegated spatter glass. Second vase is rainbow honeycomb spatter glass. Both vases match by way of shape, applied decoration, quality, and glass casing layers.
A 1895 Hosch Wholesale catalog page shows the yellow and white variegated decor. Please see figure 7348 in the 3rd photo provided above. It's in the 3rd row down, far right example.
This yellow and white variegated decor is found on a variety of shapes including a Ruckl tapered bowling pin shaped vase. An example of this can be viewed at the top of the variegated glass section of this link.
The yellow and white vase shape shown in the 20thcenturyglass link above matches the vase shape in the following link which is marked Antonin Rueckl or A Ruckl & Sons, Vcelnicka. Although the decor is different, the vase shape is exactly the same.
Pic four shows the marked vase shape (in my possession) and a trophy vase in the same decor. Along with these are several other trophy vases in the same exact shape but with different decors. The decor represented on one of the trophy vases matches the decor shown on the two heart shaped vases. By matching decors and shapes we can determine that the vase shapes and decors represented in pics 1, 2, and 4 are all from the same manufacturer, Ruckl.
There are several other attributions for these wares as this partial list below will show:
1. "Identification of American Art Glass" by Richard Carter Barret, Plate 11, illustrates spangled and spattered cottage glass. The glassware shown is noted as being on display at the Bennington Museum. The museum identifies the wares shown as American made glass by The Vasa Murrina Art Glass Company or Hobbs Brockunier. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided. Mr. Barret was the Director & Curator of The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.
2. "Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940" by Robert and Deborah Truitt, Page 130, Figure 4, illustrates a yellow and white variegated trophy vase, picture #1 above. This same shape was manufactured in a variety of cottage glass or spatter decors. The author misattributes this shape to 1910 Bohemian glass by Franz Welz, Klostergrab. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided.
3. "Collectors Glass Digest" December / January 1999, Volume XII, Number 4, illustrates several cottage glass shapes. Page 52, Figure 6, illustrates the same trophy vase shape shown above and in the above referenced book. This time the vase is in rainbow honeycomb spatter decor as shown in the 2nd picture above. The author, John Franks, misattributes theses vases as English in origin and manufactured by glass workers on their own time. There is no mention of manufacturer marks or labels and no primary documentation was provided.
4. In 2012 there was an exhibit of Tango glass in the Czech Republic. The display was assembled by The Museum of Glass in Novy Bor and traveled to various museums in the region. The yellow variegated trophy vase shape shown in pic 1 was on display. The label posted on the display case denotes this shape as being manufactured by Franz Wetz, Hrob. This display was put together by glass experts who misspelled the alleged manufacturers name.
A number of books have been written by various authors, each authoritative, yet the end result is confusion. The same holds true when it comes to museum displays as shown by #1 and #4 above. Museum displays, although a good guide for further research, should not be misinterpreted as primary documentation.
The Truitt Welz attribution made sense until December 4, 2012. That's when I found images of the labeled oxblood burchardgalleries vase and realized my son owns one just like it. The vase he has was purchased in Canada but no longer has a label.
Please note: NOT every shape or decor on the Hosch catalog page has been attributed. The shapes shown above are not illustrated in any Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalog.
All constructive comments and questions are welcome.
5/15/13 Added the misspelling of the manufacturer as "Ruckle" to help researchers fresh to the study of Ruckl as suggested by Jericho. I too often misspelled it when just starting my research on Ruckl. Hopefully it helps.