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    Posted 5 years ago

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    When I started collecting Czech glass It was sold side by side with Loetz, Harrach, Rindscopf and others... these others were also made in Czechoslovakia but were referred to by their names, or by Loetz to elevate their price above normal Czech stuff. I bought Czech art glass because that is what I could afford; I thought the coloring was audacious considering they were produced in tumultuous times. Now it seems the same thing is happening again! Welz, Ruckl and Kralik are rising above the "generic Czech glass" and demanding it be called by name. Collectors are more involved than ever before- we are making designations and distinctions based on evidence that had been in basements and archives of museums. We live in a great time where glass lovers are part of the growing knowledge of this glass.

    The theme for the next few posts is not what makes glass distinctive but what makes glass the same. In other words, what do companies have in common by technique, Production methods or materials used in making the glass. To me It's all Czech glass, so as much as I love my pieces having "brand Identities", It's great when we see what they have in common with other companies.


    I love the process of applying canes, beads, shards, ground glass, pebbled of glass, broken rods, molten glass and powders to the glass. "Powder" is what I call the smallest particle- it can even look like smoke! if added with a compound it becomes enamel, but I'm wandering into another decor. When different processes or different sizes of glass particles are used in combination... true artistry can come out; even in mass produced cheap pieces such as these.

    Powder glass decor - so, who made who?


    Please submit votes as two who made what piece just for the fun of it (not for arguing endlessly) because to me they are all loved as Czech glass 1918-1938

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Great post Jericho but I won't vote as I know so little. I'll be interested to see what the Czech glass collectors say!
    2. jericho jericho, 5 years ago
      hahaha, Passau. I consider it Mecca- but my glass is marginalized, After the flood I saw normal carpenters dinging stuff around and stacking it like tupperware: )
    3. Wow22, 5 years ago
      Just for a laugh. Love a good guessing game:
      1. I would have pegged this as more modern!? (What would I know?)
      2. Hmmmm
      3. Kralik
      4. Welz
    4. jericho jericho, 5 years ago
      Well at least they were in a showcase- they do have 1000's unshown, packed away in dark basements and warehouses, are there any more of these pics?
    5. welzebub, 5 years ago
      Actually, I would think that being the largest collection of Bohemian glass in the world, they would have to make choices based on display limitations and the preferred focus of the museum. It is obvious that George Holtl does not really have much interest in later production glass (post WWI). I certainly do not see that as a lack of objectivity, but a conscious choice relating to the Passau's focus.

      The choices with limited space would be really one of two. A very deep look at, and display of glass from certain periods, or a wider look, with less depth at an even broader range than what they currently display.

      A choice of subject focus, IMHO has little to do with objectivity.
      What one collects, researches, displays etc... is a conscious choice relating to focus.... How accurately they do it is affected by objectivity.

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