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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Yesterday I was surprised to read, here on C.W. Welz production being dismissed as 'a bunch of miniature pieces and some generic shapes of a larger size as well, specially in the Tango style.' I find that difficult to believe as it doesn't chime with my experience. Like all glass houses Welz made items of all sizes to appeal to all pockets. Like all glass houses Welz was a business where all sales fed the bottom line, the be all and end all for any business.

    The images show that some of my pieces of Welz are too tall to fit the shelving/dresser and had to be placed on top, but also many others of medium and small sizes. I apologise for these now outdated images as I couldn't get far enough away to take good photographs. However they are good enough to demonstrate the great variation in sizes.......and and also that only a small percentage are Tango glass!

    My largest piece of Welz is a light shade, 28 cm. in diameter, image one.
    My tallest pieces of Welz come in at 31 cm. including the triple thorn vase in image four.
    My smallest Welz pieces are two open salts at 6.5 cm. tall, and they are posted here on C.W.
    Welz also produced cut crystal and their largest piece in that area, a documented piece as it was awarded a prestigious prize, was in the region of 90 cm. tall.

    Sweeping statements without supporting evidence rarely hold water and usually bring other points of view, as here. I might add that I have commented on only one of several such unsupported sweeping statements.

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    1. Ilikethings Ilikethings, 2 years ago
      Nice post ...lovely Glass..
    2. philmac51 philmac51, 2 years ago
      Lovely display Peggy - this is what collecting is all about for me ; )
    3. welzebub, 2 years ago
      Great collection of Welz. Varied décors, shapes and sizes.....

      I too find far reaching generalities with no supporting evidence to be at best disingenuous, and at worst, grossly uninformative and misleading.
    4. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Ilikethings, I like that you too like this glass!
    5. MALKEY MALKEY, 2 years ago
      way out fabilus posting pegging breathtaking
      all the very best malkey
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Hi Phil, I'm not sure about lovely, but I'm hoping to address the overcrowding in the not too distant future. Less is more after all :)
    7. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      And of course, welzebub, the very fact that there's an awful lot Welz out there makes acquiring a varied collection that much easier :)
    8. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Fabulous collection, every piece a beauty
    9. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Hi MALKEY, your comment's really pleasing.....thanks!
    10. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Newfld. Clearly there's something about glass en masse that triggers comments :)
    11. Ivonne Ivonne, 2 years ago
      Wonderful collection,Peggy,which is always a great assistance for my collecting.
      Btw,do you count this small yellow vase from the lowest right shelf in pic.3 as Welz either?
    12. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Yes I do, I'll email you.
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      So beautiful! Thank you Peggy for sharing your collection. I love the lamp shade, it is so spectacular!! and the aqua and yellow/orange items in pic. 2. But, everything is beautiful. You have wonderful items!!
    14. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you so much, Valentino :)
      I rarely post whole displays as I feel it's akin to boasting. However I'd taken photos of my display shelves in advance of moving for my own purposes. Thus when someone made a completely erroneous statement about Welz production I was, I think, able to refute it visually. A picture's worth a thousand words!
    15. Justanovice Justanovice, 2 years ago
      Well said and shown Peggy! Great displays too!!
    16. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Greatly appreciated, Lesley :)
    17. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      great pictures of your collection boasting here,.. just a wonderful display of your glass..
    18. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Roycroftbooksfromme1 ....... actually I always enjoy seeing other people's collections too!
    19. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      I hope, that you can pass on this collection to someone in your family’s, because there so much time and effort to accumulate such wonderful collection of glass, thank you for sharing your passion.
    20. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      What a terrific post! I *loved* seeing your collection, Peggy! Your have your pieces wonderfully displayed, and seeing them all together just strikes home the diversity of Welz's production. And your lamp shade is just like the cherry on top, too! :) Thanks for sharing your collection!
    21. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Beautiful welz!!!

      An amazing collection you have there-- I'll send my address to help you with the over crowding!

    22. Sammyz Sammyz, 2 years ago
      That lampshade proves Welz could hold its own with any prominent glass company of its era! I would be privileged to display that in my home!
    23. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      A great post for so many reasons!
      Your collection is wonderfully varied - reflecting perfectly the eclectic & innovative Welz design ethos. They really did create something for everyone.
      The light fitting is pure glamour - lovely to see it aglow, highlighting the decor.
      Also especially loving all those big vases on the top of the cabinets - all the applied "snakes" & rigarees - so lavish!
      And do not worry about "boasting" with regard to your collection - I like to think of it as sharing the love...
    24. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 2 years ago
      What a Fabulous collection Peggy and displayed so well! Far from a bunch of generic miniatures, perhaps direct the author to these pages..
    25. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Alan2310 No one in my family is interesting in inheriting the glass. I do intend to thin it out soon, though I'll be continuing to collect as the hunt is such fun !!!
    26. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago thanks are necessary......I should thank you for the lovely comment, and I do :)
    27. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 years ago
      Wow, what an amazing assortment you have! Beautiful pieces
    28. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      scott.......would that your address were in the UK. You could certainly help me out. See comment 25 lol
    29. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Sammyz, I could barely believe my luck in finding such a large Welz shade, particularly as I have several other pieces in the same décor. Your comment was greatly appreciated.
    30. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      You are a great friend, IronLace, quite apart from our shared interests in various glass areas.
    31. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Mrstyndall, glass is my passion......every one should have a hobby :)
    32. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      That lamp shade is simply *spectacular*!!! :-) :-) :-)
    33. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, AnythingObscure, I like it too!
    34. kralik1928 kralik1928, 2 years ago
      - 'a bunch of miniature pieces and some generic shapes of a larger size as well, specially in the Tango style.'

      I couldn’t disagree more, Franz Welz as documented has an incredible array of shapes and the documentation shows these decor in larger sizes. They encompass a wide array of textures as well. I think some people consider brightly colored cased glass decors (like lines and spots) to be tango - I do think that could be said though.... tango is not just two color after all.

      I do love generalities as long as they are positive:
      1- Welz is incredibly creative and advanced in the art of cased glass and glass application techniques.
      2- Welz made some incredibly intricate decors considering how thin the glass is
      3- Welz was a leader in technology - especially the pieces that utilize the gadget
      4- Welz is unpredictable -they produce some rare shapes in documented decors
      5- Welz produced incredibly colorful Czech glass

      I think quality speaks for itself when yo see some Welz prices going for much more than they were a few years ago
    35. kralik1928 kralik1928, 2 years ago
      Great collection Peggy, does it ever get hard to decide which cabinet to put the new piece? Nouveau or Deco?
    36. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      My comment as no intent to be funny.
      Just honest has all the time when commenting on any post.
      I have no ideals why you use my regular CW name, as we know each other for quite some time. Oh well.
    37. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Thank you, kralik1928, comment 34 was greatly appreciated, as was comment 22, in much the same vein. And yes there are actual production sheets and many examples of cross referencing posted here that prove Welz produced on a scale and of a quality equivalent to their contemporaries. Mostly I ignore the sniping but in this instance I decided to have my say.
      Having found an example of Welz in iridescent green I've just bought an example of a three ribbed ball feet vase in milk glass. These purchases couldn't have been so identified without Craig's work.....but these are the finds I enjoy most!
    38. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Hi Jericho, this is only the Welz of course! In my head I divide them into Deco and Victoriana (which extends into the Edwardian period.... if we're going to be nitpicky!

      It never gets hard 'cos there's no one to argue. I just go on how they look, knowing full well there are overlaps, and that I will have placed some incorrectly.

      When it comes to Kralik I divide those into Deco and Nouveau. I think you can mix Deco Welz and Deco Kralik in the same display without a clash of style. However I doubt I could mix pre 1915 Kralik and Welz without it offending my eye. I totally accept others will think differently. Probably says more about me than anything else :)

      As to those 'generic Tango shapes' they were in the kitchen lol
    39. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      Hi Alan, I had no idea that I was using your full C.W. name in any way differently from the way I use the full username of other people. If I reply to several comments at one time I use full usernames so that all can see to whom I am replying. But I'll mend my ways as it's true we have known each other a while now :)
    40. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      My thanks to all who stopped by :)

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