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Bohemian Art Glass1345 of 6637Sad outcome of three heavy Czech glass pieces - packed too loose in a big box - only one survived.A Kralik floriform in nature...
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    Posted 4 years ago

    artfoot
    (366 items)

    The Welz glass shoes are, to continue from an earlier post by welzebub, another Welz product that is probably difficult to put in an exact time line. The decors seem to be the same as the decors found on the Victorian-style items imported by English markets and, chances are, they were made over an extended period of time. You may have noticed in that post, these shoes have also been subjects of mis-identification.

    Welz shoes are found in two styles - a low-top (like these) and a high-top version. Both versions are ornamented with clear rigaree around the tops and clear leaf-like flaps across the fronts. Though these shoes are most often found as singles, they were apparently made as pairs with the flaps pointing in opposite directions.

    Each shoe is 3" tall (7.5 cm) and around 5.5" (14 cm) long. This pair has a burgundy, orange, and blue spatter on a bright yellow ground. The yellow ground, because of the high cadmium content, glows orange under UV light. Shown here with a vase in a matching decor.

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    Comments

    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      ever so cute great stuff harry
      all the very best malkey
      1412
    2. artfoot artfoot, 4 years ago
      Thank you Malkey and Thomas.

      Here's a link to the earlier post - if you haven't read it, please do - it's a good one ... https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/258599-dating-welz-production-for-some-prod?in=activity
    3. welzebub, 4 years ago
      Great pair of shoes!! For what it is worth, these shoes, and the tall ones have been identified in about 15 combined decors.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Great Welz-- I didn't realize that they actually came in pairs!

      scott
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      "And guaranteed not to rot, rip, run-down at the heels, tear at the seams or smell bad in rainy weather". Old shoe salesman's line.
    6. artfoot artfoot, 4 years ago
      bb2 - what can I say?
      welzebub -I always appreciate your help.
      scott - that has been a common reaction. I think because these are so often found as singles, none of us had given much consideration to the idea they could have come in pairs.

      As a fun but useless sidetrack, I wondered about these singles . If they all started as pairs (I reasoned) there should be a similar amount of lefts and rights among the remaining singles. The website Kralik-glass.com shows a dozen examples. Of these, there is one pair, eight "rights", and only three "lefts". Another collector reports of the twenty-six shoes in his collection, nineteen are "rights" and seven are "lefts". Clearly more "rights" than "lefts" have survived. Can this be random chance? Could it be that the left shoe was more often placed near the edge of the shelf? I think I need a bigger sample - any contributions?
    7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      I wish I had some shoes, so I could provide feedback. Something to study and continue to gather information.

      I do find them much more whimsical as an individual shoe!

      scott

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