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    Posted 4 years ago

    jericho
    (223 items)

    A few years back I got to visit the Glass museum in Lenora (Czech Rep). The museum is pretty small with some generic bohemian glass and some contemporary pieces, Within the collection there were some pieces purportedly made in one of the Wilhelm Kralik Factories that was located just down the hill. They also had a few pieces that were kept from the "Kralik Castle" that was just down the road. I had no doubt they came from a local cache because the grouping contained the largest sampling of later-Lava pieces I have ever seen; Also a chandelier depicting glass blowing with the Kralik crest.

    If you go to the museum do not try to see it after seeing the Passau Glass museum because it is a smaller place with less quality pieces and it is very hard to reach (involving a school bus, hiking, a train that never showed up and a car ride from a sweet local lady). Remember: approach this museum from Prague!

    Lenora is in south Bohemia, it a very small town that is close to a lot of other old glass towns (factory pictures line the hall). The museum is low in resources and in need of restoration. I was shown around this region by an author, curator and researcher of all Czechoslovakian glass. We had a good time driving from town to town including looking at rivers where glass shards of great Czech pieces were dumped. Its sad that very little of the glass industry remained as far as infrastructure and documentation; What little remains is locked up in disputes or in basements of museums that very few people control.

    1. The glass fish is geometric blown in a mold, powder decorated and decorated with applications, also it has a great "Iris" finish to it

    2. The mother of all Lava pieces- These were in later production with furnace decorated powders and oxides- A very textural piece! I also love pieces that flow from a square shape to a round one

    3. A patented "Iris" decor that has a drape pattern in maroon and handles. This iridescence is mirror like in a golden hue and not rainbow in color

    Comments

    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Oooooooo -- Love the Fish !! He is real Special !!!!!!
    2. MacArt MacArt, 4 years ago
      yes, my thoughts exactly... never saw a fish like that
    3. welzebub welzebub, 4 years ago
      Great stuff!!
    4. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      I love the fish too!
      "...The fish doesn'n think
      the fish is mute...
      The fish doesn't think because the fish knows everything..."
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Wonderful post Jericho....thanks for relating your experiences and showing us these rare pieces!


      The fish is an attention grabber, and now I look at him and say Ivonne's poem.
    6. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 4 years ago
      Grat post - worth the wait!
    7. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Karen,it's not mine :/ It's Iggy Pop's lyrics from the film "Arizona Dream" by Emir Kusturica.I love the track and often listen to while driving.
    8. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
      Thanks for sharing this instructive post
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      SEASON's GREETINGS to YOU & YOURS JERICHO !!! ! !!!
    10. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 2 years ago
      I see everyone loves the fish, well, me too. It's amazing, I've never seen anything like it & had no idea Kralik made such things.

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