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Posted 5 years ago


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The is another example ofFritz Heckert enameled uranium glass from the early 1900's. I think this pattern is called Cypern. This vase is unsigned. I imagine it may have worn off over the years all though the enamel is in extremely good condition.


  1. cogito cogito, 5 years ago
    Very nice. I believe that Cypern is the type of glass, not the pattern. And, if my visual memory is correct, I believe that a vase with this pattern is in the Passau Museum collection.
  2. Historismus Historismus, 3 years ago
    'irresierendes Glas', or iridescent glass is modeled after glass that had been buried for 2,000 years. The iridescent effect is the result of a chemical reaction between the glass, and the surrounding earth (as a result of having been buried for 2,000 years). Scientist were able to develop a technique that caused the same effect chemically during the glass refining process. 'Cypern' was the name given to the Roman art style found on these unearthed Roman objects. The vase pictured above is only one of the many objects within the 'Cypern' series. Josehninenhütte also produced their own 'Cypern' series.
  3. Historismus Historismus, 2 years ago
    Wow! It's already been 2 years since I've responded on this piece.

    Update: The basic design on this vase appeared on at least 12 different glass blanks (glass forms), in Goldcypern (glass w/light green tint), Azurcypern (glass w/light blue tint), and only one in a clear glass (w/pink and gold decoration).

    The decoration was designed by Adolf Heyden in 1900 (an architect from Berlin, employed by Heckert 1875-1902) for Heckert (more on that at the end of this summary).

    Some of the glass forms were designed by Prof. Ludwig Sütterlin (school master, commercial artist, book and type designer, and artist and designer for decorative arts, from Berlin, employed by Heckert 1900 to approx. 1906) c.1900, and Otto (Ernst Traugott) Thamm (designer of 200+ glass forms plus countless decorations, Heckert company director from 1900-1906, step-son-in-law to Fritz Heckert (married daughter of 1st husband of Heckert's 2nd wife)) c.1900.

    Some of the Heckert catalog numbers that I have seen include the abbreviation 'Orig.' This indicates that the design was created for Heckert. This is important to note since some of Heckert's designers also designed for Josephinenhütte (Fritz Heckert had very close business relations with Josephinenhütte and its director, Franz Pohl) in neighboring Warmbrunn and Schreiberhau in Germany's Silesia.
  4. vaselinealley vaselinealley, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the additional info on this piece. I have obtained a second example of this decoration
  5. Historismus Historismus, 2 years ago
    My pleasure. I found a thirteenth glass form right after posting my comment. I'd be curious to see your new piece. Perhaps a fourteenth glass form?
  6. vaselinealley vaselinealley, 2 years ago
    Do you have photos of the other examples posted somewhere?
  7. Historismus Historismus, 2 years ago
    No, I do not. Vases are something that I don't normally collect (I collect Heckert's Historismus drinking vessels, but research all Heckert items). I have several different examples in my image library, and there are several pictured in the big Heckert book. I could email the images that I have, but would need an email address. I may be able to scan the two pages from the Heckert book, but would be difficult for me as I only have one useable hand/arm.

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