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Bohemian Art Glass Inkwell with Silverplate Art Deco Lid

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Posted 5 years ago


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This past summer I completed my bachelor's degree and promised myself a graduation gift. After months of searching, last week I found this piece I fell in love with it.

The inkwell measures 3 1/8 H x 2 3/4 W. The lid design puts it unmistakeably in the Art Deco period. But who made it? I know nearly all of the inkwells out there can be attributed to Kralik. Yet, I'm leaning towards Rindskopf. The decoration resembles Rindskopf's version of Loetz cobalt papillon. The base glass is a very dense, muddy purlple/amethyst glass that appears deep red when you shine light through it. It is similar in coloration to the loops in the decoration towards the top.

I've tried to find examples from the usual suspects of Bohemian glass that used both the papillon decoration and the fine threaded loops together but without any real success. I turn the discussion over to the wonderful experts on here from which I've already learned so much.


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  1. inky inky, 5 years ago
  2. lane lane, 5 years ago
    I've never seen the pattern before, but I know what I like - I was one of the underbidders on this item!!
  3. bkirks bkirks, 5 years ago
    Thank you Lane and Inky.
    I'd never seen it before either, Lane. That was what sold me.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Unusual glass and the strapwork on that lid is wonderful as well!
    Congratulations on the graduation as well.
  5. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 5 years ago
    bottom shot please?
  6. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 5 years ago
    actually the metal doesn't place this in the deco period (necessarily) I think it's secession period about ten years earlier 1910-1915 +/- a few years
  7. kelkat kelkat, 5 years ago
  8. bkirks bkirks, 5 years ago
    Hmmm, hadn't considered Secessionist. Possibility. Here is a link to a pic of the bottom.
  9. bkirks bkirks, 5 years ago
    Thank you for the loves and comments, All.
  10. bkirks bkirks, 5 years ago
    Thank you, Alfredo. I've never seen a Rindskopf inkwell, but knowing how rare the Loetz ones are I hesitated to slap that moniker on it. It certainly crossed my mind, though. :)
  11. bkirks bkirks, 5 years ago
    Thank you for the kind compliments, JayHow. I'm glad you liked my little collection. I majored in Public Relations and I work for a small non-profit theater promoting our performances. The collection is largely a mix of modern studio glass (pieces I pick up when I travel or need a glass fix) and early 20th century bohemian or American glass, which I buy when I can afford a nice example. It's to be able to share my few examples and appreciate all the other wonderful glass members post here. :)

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