Posted 9 years ago
The keystone shape (blame me for the shape names) is similar in style to the first set I posted on CW, they naturally look great next to each other. 3-handle (henkel) pieces come are found in 20 shapes and in as many as 28 colors although some colors come in just one shape shape, never appearing in other shapes. Example: Green papillon
(L-R in box)
1. Lavender with enamel in the style of Peche
2. Forest green with cobalt
3. Red (kaiser rot)
4. Gold iridescent with cobalt iridescent
5. Clear optic- from Passau labelled M. Kirschner (this is the designer attribution), a very interesting piece for many reasons especially size
6. Green papillon with green iridescent
8. Citron with bohemian red Cameo with black
9. Pink with Peche style flouretes
10. Gold with Hosch enamel decor
11. Red and black
12. Orange with enamel in the style of Peche
If you look at enough shapes you start to see differences in production, but is this due to different glass blower teams, glass companies, different production standards when exporting to specific countries or different glass supplies being available?
The handles can differ in the size and shape. The glass rod that is used to make the handle can be rounder or squarer, an earlier style (because they are never marked) are the handles that look rustic and have bulkier geometric connections to the rim as well as a squared tip. Some vases have the tips that are long and fine while others are snapped off early...By the way getting pieces that have different length handles is a real bargain (you can break tips off to match later). There are different colors in handles. In black, the handles can range from smokey purple to jet black. They also come in cobalt, clear, iridescent and acid treated handles.
The glass body is is usually tango; a consistent solid color cased on both sides, (sometimes they come cased only on one side). The four main categories for 3-handle pieces are: Tango, Enamel, Iridescent and Cameo. Many pieces are decorated after production and I will cover those later.
In this shape I have found rarities but it is tough to judge scarcity because no one has done a shape-to-production count or even more valuable would be some kind of glass census to see what shapes and colors have survived...(this is 2:am logic)