Posted 5 years ago
Sometime last year when doing my usual trawl of thrift shops and car boots I came across this (I think) beautiful 33cm clear glass vase which looks as if it belonged sometime in the 1980's.
After a little research I found the vase marketed under the name Yoko by a Czech company called Ivan Klimt and thought I had identified it and I found a place for it in my collection.
A little later while looking for something else I came across another company called Crystallite Bohemia who are still producing this vase. Never mind I thought, I paid well below retail price so I still got a bargain, we live and learn.
Just this evening I was on ebay searching for something completely different and I managed to find my way onto AliExpress, no idea how, but lo and behold there was my vase again. Better still, I found a Chinese glass company who will manufacture them for me, if I place a minimum order of 10,000 pieces.
So my lovely 1980's Bohemian Glass Crystal vase could very well be a Chinese copy made yesterday.
Lesson for today, not everything is what it first appears. I will never know who made my vase but at least it has found a home in my collection.
In future I will be a lot more suspicious of identifications made on the interweb thingy.