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:
Once again our 10 year old glass collector, Joshua has acquired a new ewer shape to add to the Ruckl puzzle and it is the bloody oxblood ewer with applied Acanthus leaf pictured with another matching ewer shape done in the rainbow honeycomb decor.
All of these examples are considered, Victorian Bohemian Export. The ewer shape is unique. Ruckl added various applied handles with a leaf shape. Both of the ewers in the first pic have an acanthus leaf applied on the front and the stem is the open loop handle. The other (oxblood) ewer from the 3rd pic, has the acanthus leaf applied at the bottom of the handle. What may appear to be a blob of glass at first glance is a leaf and the stem is the open handle with pinched thorns.
Bloody Oxblood in first pic is 7-3/4" tall
Rainbow Honeycomb in first pic is 7-1/4" tall
Blood Oxblood in the 3rd pic is 6-7/8" tall.