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Bohemian Art Glass1475 of 6461Loetz "Creta mit Festons" Jugendstil Glass vase, ca. 1901Gorgeous Harrach Oxblood Japonism Style Ewer Marked Numbered
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    These are beautiful pieces of art glass even though they end up in the lamp section of on-line auctions. I think the variations of shapes are endless... sometimes you see Welz shades enameled by other companies -but the shapes are very distinctively Welz; the tools used and how the glass layers are constructed.
    The inspiration for these shapes are a mystery (I think they came from aquatic life) but I am referring to them as Umbrella shapes as opposed to Knuckle shapes that Kralik produced. I actually believe many companies produced their own designed using tools from the inside to push-out the glass in this way. Enjoy and special thanks for those who recognize your "cropped" photography

    1. 8-elbow protrusions in bubble and line decor

    2. 16-sided with (top) claw protrusions, (bottom) Curve protrusions both in line and confetti decor

    3. 16-sided with claw protrusions (top) line with confetti (bottom) cream with confetti

    4. (top) Zig-zag shape -not in an umbrella shape, (bottom) in curve protrusions in line and confetti decor

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    1. cornhusker cornhusker, 3 years ago
      Awesome is just the beginning word to describe these!!!! Now for the period lamps to display them on!!!!! Thanks for sharing.
    2. IronLace IronLace, 3 years ago
      Fabulous range of patterns, shapes & decors! They look rather like fantastical dresses for Cinderella to wear to the ball with her glass slippers...
    3. MacArt MacArt, 3 years ago
      wow, what a fantastic collection, were they produced for specific market? because I've never seen any of these on European auctions
    4. jericho jericho, 3 years ago
      Yes, I think they are fantastic and not seen in European auctions - in fact I have never seen one at auction. Auctions in Europe are a mystery to me in general! Rarity doesn’t always align with price in a way that makes sence. Thank you very much for you comments. If these pieces were made into bowls they would probably be more collectible which makes me kinda angry that lampwork undervalued - I could find fixtures and chords from that period pretty easy- to me it’s the glass and not ratty original parts- I can’t light them up anyway because of our outlets. I’m convinced if you go to small towns shops or pubs in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria you will see them in use today. As far as rarity- they are not rare, four of the shades were purchased this year alone you just have to look in different places-
    5. Belmont, 3 years ago
      Hey Jericho, I have the very same one (2nd down from left column) attached to a floor lamp. They are beautiful and unfairly unappreciated; I don't understand the lack of interest either. I do, however, wish they were larger. For the torchiere shade is lost compared to the size of the post. Thanks for creating the awareness.
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 3 years ago
      Oooooh how I would love to have shades like these! I would say though that the only metal fitting you show is almost certainly French. In fact I have one on a shade I bought at a car boot sale in France.

      But for the comments above I would have thought these shades could have been designed for the French market. That flared neck and that bog standard metal fitting can be seen on shades in secondhand shops all over France.
    7. jericho jericho, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the comments, Belmont- what size is your shade? Most of my shades are 5x8” (standard for bowls) but the gold one at the top of picture 3a is 7x11” .
      On the Kralik side I own a knuckle shade with exact dimensions of a bowl the only difference is a whole! With Welz they made these specifically for shades (as far as I have seen). The French connection is strong with these shades- I too believe they were made for French lamp companies- at least 4!of these cane frm French dealers.
    8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL Welz! I love this assortment-- what great finds.


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