Posted 4 years ago
Located in the Liberec Region of the modern day Czech Republic, the villages of Nový Bor (German name: Haida) and Kamenický Šenov (German name: Steinschönau) are less than five miles from each other. In the period before WWII, it is estimated that 2/3 of all the glass exported from Bohemia passed through the refineries located in this area.* These were also the homes of two of the oldest secondary schools of glass making and refining, particularly engraving and painting.
This covered drinking vessel, a Pokal with lid (Deckel), or Deckelpokal, undoubtedly came from one of the refineries in this area, in or about the 1920s. The decorative motifs of schwarzlot (black) enamels, facet cut sides, and enameled roses are common to this time and place. This is a particularly nice example, standing about 38 cm (15") tall. The medallion cut section on one side contains a silhouette enameled fishing scene on a white enamel background. The deep cut facets and rounds are offset by black enameled accent lines and shapes. It is a solid, heavy piece - the base is solid crystal, and the walls of the pokal are fairly thick. The lid nestles in smoothly and is topped by a facet cut and decorated finial.
In researching the origin of this vessel, I was able to find three other examples in this shape with variations in color, cut, and enameled decoration, but absolutely the same shaped blank. I have collected the images on a Pinterest board that can be viewed here:
One of those pictures is from a Dr. Fischer auction, where they attributed theirs to Karl Palda (Nový Bor) based on comparable vessels pictured in Collectible Bohemian Glass 1880-1940, by Robert & Deborah Truitt. I'm not sure I'm comfortable making a precise attribution, but I am sure this piece came from the same region at any rate, and from the time mentioned.
This was also an antique show find from this past weekend - it came from the same seller as the Loetz piece I also posted today. The seller and I both left happy! :)
*source: Collectible Bohemian Glass 1880-1940, by Robert & Deborah Truitt