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Jean Beck jeweled pen/pencil holder with glass windings, Hansa acid-stamped mark, ca. 1910-1914

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This is a very unusual piece for many reasons, not the least of which it has three small holes drilled in the bottom, but that's not the end of it. This decoration is recognized as Jean Beck, as shown in Glass Art: Reflecting the Centuries, by Helmut Ricke, published by Prestel. Plate 353 shows a vase in this exact color and decor, but in a squared shape.

    Strong colorless cover layer on jade green inner casing. Mold-blown, Opaque, rust red, encircling threads. Black pearl prunts - the mouth and the base are both ground and polished flat.

    The next unusual feature is the Hansa acid-stamped mark on the base. Thanks to Alfredo Villanueva's excellent website, the mystery of this mark, and the purpose of this piece can be found here:

    On this page, you can see that this is not a vase, but a pencil (or pen) holder, and was meant to be mounted to a flat base, along with an inkwell. See the ceramic piece that has the same three holes drilled in the bottom. So, what we have here is the pencil/pen holder made by Jean Beck to be used as part of a Hansa writing set.

    Jean Beck's designs were executed by glassworks in the Bavarian Forest, particularly Regenhütte.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      WOW! Love the jewels!
      Red and green should always be seen!
      What a find!
    2. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      Best of all, Kevin - it was CHEAP. :) I just wonder what the deal is with the drilled holes...
    3. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 8 years ago
      Gorgeous piece!
    4. ozmarty ozmarty, 8 years ago
      Perhaps the holes were to allow this piece to be attached to a now missing base ( perhaps made of metal by Hansa ???
      stunner no matter what
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Oe Patent is the Austrian patent mark. The D.R.P. is the Deutsches Reichspatent it seems. The D.R.G.M. is Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster.

      After WWII D.B.G.M or Deutsches Bundes Gebrauchsmuster was used.

      What rocked me though is that I found another vase like yours on the net but in a different colourway: in orange. Exactly the same ..... even down to the three holes!

      Marty may well be right!

    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Perhaps its function was a pencil holder?
      I referred to Alfredo's Hansa article and he shows a desk set in porcelain and metal mounts ... with the Hansa mark.
      Look at photo 4.
      Three holes that seem to be part of a fitting for the porcelain pencil holder.

      Perhaps this is the inkwell that would match?

      Entwurf Jean Beck.

    7. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 8 years ago
      Very cool find Warren! Do you think the glass could be by Poschinger?
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      I believe "Hansa" might refer to a German pen maker.
    9. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      I AM in shock, Al - if you have any beads to spare, I'm missing one!
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      stunning !!!! what a beautiful piece!!!
    11. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      Brian - one of the vases in this decor in the Ricke book has a Jean Beck label.
    12. yesterdaysglass yesterdaysglass, 8 years ago
      Very cool piece Warren. I need to look more into Jean Beck glass. They certainly had some super cool, very modern looking pieces that would look great sitting next to any high quality tango pieces(though the 3rd color may make it non-tango in some eyes). Do you keep this one displayed with your tango?

      I think it would make for a killer trio sandwiched between an ausf 162 &166! :D
    13. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      If I had looked closer, at Alfredo's page, the answer is right there - this was part of a writing set.

      As far as comparisons to Loetz tango glass, this observation was also made by Ricke in his book - the fact that Loetz was doing similar things during the time this was made. I don't have this displayed with Loetz tango - right now, it's grouped with other Jean Beck pieces.
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Such a beauty!!!

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