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Harrach Black Hyalith Enameled & Gilt Glass Vase, ca. 1887

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    Posted 8 years ago

    bohemiangl…
    (629 items)

    When I bought this piece from a friend, I wasn't sure whether this was a product of Riedel or Harrach. Both produced a matte black glass with gilding at about the same time. Either would have been just fine with me.

    Fortunately, additional clues surfaced when the piece arrived, so now I can say for sure that this is a Harrach vase. It is even harder to photograph than it is to see, but there are alpha-numeric marks on the bottom of the piece - it appears to say 894/2 on the top line, with W.347 beneath. This was discovered by looking through a 10X jeweler's loupe and tilting the bottom in such a way that direct light reflected off the decorator's ink. I tried to capture the flavor of it in photo #3. This system of marking is typical of Harrach.

    According to From Neuwelt to the Whole Word/ 300 Years of Harrach Glass, edited by Jan Mergl, the year 1887 was the beginning of the production of matt Hyalith glass at the glass works of Harrach in Neuwelt. There is a very nice example shown in the book on page 249. One surprising thing - though the glass is defined as black, and looks jet black against the gold enamels, when backlit with a strong light source, the glass gives off a cherry red glow. Away from the light, it's as black as it can be! (see photo #4) It is beautifully gilt in gold enamels of stylized leaves and a dragonfly. It stands about 7.5" tall.

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    1. Dan121156 Dan121156, 8 years ago
      Don't know much about art glass..... But I do love the looks of this vase.. Very striking! Thanks..
    2. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      The contrast of the gold against the black is stunning! Beautiful!
    3. Jewels Jewels, 8 years ago
      Such a gorgeous vase you have there! I must start paying more attention to the glass sellers at the flea markets =)
    4. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 8 years ago
      Great piece of Harrach, need to find that design book :)
    5. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 8 years ago
      Thanks Warren for sharing this magnificent glass art.
    6. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      Thanks, everyone.

      Al, I have seen so many of these black (or even the purple iridescent), and the results are almost always the same - Purple ground = Kralik; Red ground = Harrach or PK (depending on the style). Moser could go either way. Of course very little in our field is 100%, but this general rule often helps me figure out what I'm looking at.
    7. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 8 years ago
      Brian,

      The piece of matt Hyalith shown in Mergl references book AH 140.

      wrg
    8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 8 years ago
      so beautiful!
    9. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Just wonderful....:-)
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 years ago
      So beautiful and impressive! Wonderful!
    11. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 3 years ago
      Beautiful piece and great information about back lighting Hyalith glass!

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