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Mid-Century Modern2398 of 2772Mystery Danish? Signed Ceramic Plaque signed by Anne StarkCLAUS JOSEF RIEDEL TIROLER GLASHÜTTE 1961
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    Posted 9 years ago

    KatyaP
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    I found this stunning vase today and it looks nothing like the classic Annahutte glass pieces - it has the feeling of Kosta Boda pieces which intrigued me. Does anyone know who were the artists who worked for the company? Is there anyway to pinpoint who made this stunning vase?

    Any help would be tremendously appreciated.

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    1. KatyaP KatyaP, 9 years ago
      I was smitten by it but now frustrated with it...who made this? Most annahutte pieces seem to be rather...boring and traditional crystal pieces.
    2. KatyaP KatyaP, 9 years ago
      I usually used google image search which works every time but none of the pieces were remotely similar which makes me think that perhaps an interesting artist was contracted out to do a limited line of products like this vase. Its heavy like you would not believe but not signed by hand on the underside so its a mystery!
    3. KatyaP KatyaP, 9 years ago
      Thank you! There are many similar journeys in my life as I love things that drive me crazy!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Hi Katya!
      Thanks for showing me the label on this pressed glass piece.
      I have been wondering who did them for years!
      I too recognized the similarity with Finnish/Swedish glass pieces.
      Pressed glass is now the subject of much research under the term "sklo".
      As you know there is not much on them when you search but here are a few hints:
      On the glassmessages board there is this reference:
      http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php?topic=17937.0
      This gives you this information about a very old German glass factory that has specialised in bottle and later pressed glass. It goes back to 1799.

      But in 1888 Ferdinand Heye set up another glassworks called in German the " F. C. Th. Heye Braunkohlenwerke „Annahütte“ ". It is also called:
      Heye, H., Glasfabrik in Annahütte N.-L., Provinz Brandenburg (Preu?en).

      They later set up a works under the same name in Czechoslovakia.

      The company is huge!
      http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heye_International
      Google translate!

      They moved to the US in 1987.
      "Heye-Glas continued its expansion with the founding of Heye America in 1987 with its headquarters in Marion, Indiana. This was followed by the opening of Heye-Polska in Poznan, Poland, in 1992 and the Moerdijk, Netherlands, factory in 1996. By 1999, the firm operated ten plants in Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States (Heye-Glas 1999:50, 55, 93). The company became a member of Ardagh Glass GmbH on January 1, 2003 (Heye International 2005)."

      http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/hermannheyeglasfabrik_brg.pdf

      As yet I don't know who designed this piece. I think all of this will come out in time.

    5. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      I would have snapped it up with the exact same thoughts!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Can I just ask if it says West Germany on the sticker? I can't read it.
    7. KatyaP KatyaP, 9 years ago
      Yes, West Germany but I think its crystal and it weighs a tonn and I am fairly certain it says "crystal" on the label (ech-blei kristal). Pressed glass usually has seams on each side no? (hence pressed).

      Thank you so so much for the amazing info on the company but I am so puzzled since none of the designs I looked at even vaguely resemble this piece which is more modernist in the style of Anne Warff a little.
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      The echt bleikristal is genuine lead crystal. They press it as well, believe me. Seams don't always give it away. Mind you, pressed does not equal bad, IMHO. It's an industrial process. Even blown glass is shaped into mould and has been for hundreds of years. Bottles were blown-moulded in the 1600's. Glass for the masses!

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