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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I have been interested in Tischer vases for quite a few years, and when one came up at auction recently, I was very happy to be able to add it to my collection. And this 10.5" tall example, enameled in a deep burgundy red with blossoms and very realistic bees, was a beauty!

    Not a lot is known about Tischer, although quite a few vases have been found with the Tischer, Karlsbad mark. It is generally known that he lived in Karlsbad (Austria) and supposed that he had a decorating studio there roughly between 1880-1900. I have been collecting files of all the Tischer vases I come across, and all of the examples I have personally seen feature high-quality enamel work on white opaque Harrach blanks. Interestingly, they are usually well marked, both with the Tischer Karlsbad stamp, and with a hand written decor number.

    Based on the vases I have found so far, I have been able to group many of them based on their decor numbers, and hope to find more examples to add to the known Tischer decors. So far I have identified ten different decors, and I would like to add more, so if you own a Tischer vase that is numbered, can you please let me know?

    This particular vase is numbered D.703, which I have named 'Prunus with Bees'. The first three images are of my own vase, while image 4 is another example of the same decor, also number D.703, on a different shape. (Thanks to the auctioneer for allowing me to use their images for this post.)

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    1. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 6 years ago
      Michelle I think their work is pretty interesting too.

      They were seemingly attempting to make glass imitate pottery and porcelain in many of their efforts. I have a few pieces of their work, but they're packed away (I think I've posted pics of them on the Bohemian Glass FB page before).

      Hopefully someday someone is able to uncover their story.

    2. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you, Brian. That's a good point - their vases and pitchers were completely covered with enamel, and some I have seen mis-identified as porcelain. I'll take a look on the FB page for your pieces. Thanks!
    3. philmac51 philmac51, 6 years ago
      I'm really getting into this 'earlier' Bohemian art glass and learning to appreciate the ultra-fine workmanship on these pieces - just love this Michelle!
    4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much, Phil! On they have quite a few examples of Tischer vases and ewers in past auction results, if you'd like to see other examples.
    5. Ivonne Ivonne, 6 years ago
      What a signature!A dream of all collectors :)
    6. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you, Ivonne - I know exactly what you mean! :)
    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thanks, nutsabotas6 - I am glad you like it!
    8. Alan2310 Alan2310, 6 years ago
      Michelle, with the marking of the shape and decor underneath , make this vase very desirable.
      Beautiful piece, congrats.

    9. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much, Alan. I am very pleased with it, and so glad you like it! :)
    10. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      What a shapely vase, Michelle, and with such a lovely décor. The bees are an inspired touch.

      Thank you for the education, too.

    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Now I went looking for the Tischer at Karlsbad and discovered that no-one knew anything about them on the glass sites. But I also noted that a Tischer was doing similar decoration on porcelain. I went looking for an example of their mark .... found nothing yesterday evening but this morning I had another look. Still no mark but a description on Worthpoint:

      "This unique antique porcelain ewer was designed by Tischer and made at the Karlsbad factory according to the mark on the bottom of the piece. The horseshoe shaped mark has Tischer and a scripted combined TR with Karlsbad above and was used in the 1890s. The vine, leaves and flower design is a typical Tischer touch (see below). It is in good condition with some loss to the gilt on the handle from years of use but no chips or cracks."

      Same mark, no???

      Yesterday evening I found out about the porcelain Tischer:

      1896 - ca. 1910: Julius Tischer
      ca. 1910 - 1919: Gustav Tischer
      ca. 1919 - 1938: Eduard Stiassny, Reichenberg

      "Porcelain factory founded in 1896 by Julius Tischer, later Gustav Tischer.
      Since ca. 1919 until 1938 it was owned by Eduard Stiassny, operating under the name "Eduard Stiassny, Reichenberg", hence the "R" in the signature."

      With those dates it would be Julius Tischer for tour piece I suppose?

    12. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
    13. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Hi Kevin,
      You are always so thorough in your research! You know, I came across an issue with Tischer that I have come across with enameled opaline Baccarat - even though their pieces are glass, they are often misidentified by sellers. In several cases, the Tischer vases I have found are described as being porcelain, but are actually glass, and usually Harrach blanks. I think this is the case with the ewer you mention. As Brian noted in his comment, they did appear to want to give the effect of porcelain to their pieces and enameled the entire body of their pieces.
      I made a Tischer, Karlsbad pinterest board today with some of the images I have collected, so you may want to have a look at other examples of their work. As far as the Tischer name, it comes up in google in the region, so I don't know how unusual a name it was. He may have been related to the Tischers you found, but we may never know. Of course, it is also very plausible that after decorating glass work, he or a member of the family went on to porcelain - I'd love to know! :)
    14. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you Roycroftbooks - that's a beautiful example. From what I have seen of other examples, that would be decor 789.
    15. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Kevin, I just checked out the ewer you mentioned on worthpoint - definitely glass, not porcelain. I have seen other pieces in the exact shape - a Harrach blank.
    16. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you, Peggy; the bees are one of my favorite parts, too! :)
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      I have been delving further and have found a version of the Eduard Stiassny sticker. It is different to the Tischer mark and does not include the Horseshoe. ut it does include the E and S, a crown above and an R below.

      The Tischer Horseshoe has a combo of T and R. The common element being the R for Reichenberg. Reichenberg these days is known as Liberec. It is a both a large city but also the name of a region. "Liberec Region is an administrative unit of the Czech Republic, located in the northernmost part of its historical region of Bohemia. It is named after its capital Liberec. The region shares international borders with Germany and Poland."

      "Harrachov is a town in Semily District, Liberec Region, in the northern Czech Republic, close to the border with Poland." Liberec = Reichenberg

      The town of Maffersdorf is also in the Liberec region. (Liberec = Reichenberg).

      These days Vratislavice nad Nisou = Maffersdorf.

      The Tischer porcelain factory was in Maffersdorf.

      Tischer, Julius Porzellanfabrik, (1896 - ), Maffersdorf

      As I have read on GMB back in 2009 people where not sure at all about the "Karlsbad" written on the Tischer pieces; there were suggestions about Tischer perhaps marketing and exporting from the great tourist spa town rather than being produced there. Moser being the glass producer from Karlsbad.
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Looking at the handle of that Worthpoint jug .... it has to be glass rather than porcelain.
    19. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Kevin, that is fascinating! Yesterday I was sort of wondering about Karlsberg being a spa town, and glass connections beyond Moser. It could make sense that it was a good place to market from. Great research into the places and name of Reichenberg - thank you! I will have to look into the Tischer porcelain factory. I always appreciate the new angles you add to our glass discussions! :)
    20. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 6 years ago
      Couple of interesting observations:

      - I've been to dozens of glass centric museums in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany. I've seen many types of obscure glass makers represented, yet never once seen an example of Tischer glass represented.

      - Deborah Truitt spoke with Jan Mergl, who at that time was living in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad in German) about Tischer glass. He's well aware of it, but really had no idea about any background on the company, which seems to be the general consensus of all of the museum curators that we asked.

    21. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Brian. That is very good to know.
    22. MALKEY MALKEY, 6 years ago
      The insects make the piece to truly come alive & fab signature too
      thankin you kindly for sharing Michelle !!!!
    23. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Malkey, thank you so much - I am glad you like it! I love the bees, too!
    24. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Beautiful vase Michelle, you have such a wonderful collection!...:-)
    25. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Inky, you are too kind. Thank you!! :)
    26. skivatinitz skivatinitz, 6 years ago
      a perfect vase and Kevin you are a master....
    27. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you very much, skivatinitz! :)
    28. Mercer87nc, 2 years ago
      Michelle, I just bought tischer karlsbad vase. The pattern numbers are F29, D796. I posted it if you want to check it out. Any idea on the value of these vases?

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