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Author Topic: Josef Knizek bowl?  (Read 2444 times)

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Offline pwayne

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Josef Knizek bowl?
« on: August 19, 2007, 05:51:33 PM »
Does anyone one have any opinions on the maker of this bowl, or recognize it at all. It is made in what i would call “Pandora” glass, which was a décor developed by Josef Knizek of Glasfabrik Antonienhtte of Teplitz in around 1900. I have included a picture of a definite Knizek piece i once owned as a comparison to the bowl, this was identified in the Passau museum book Das Bohmische Glas band IV page 189 where it is pictured. I have been to the museum and seen the Knizek pieces on display but the bowl was not among them. The bowl looks possibly mold blown or molded due to the evenness of the glass thickness, There is a little wear on the bottom and the vase stands 2 3/4” tall and is 5 1/8” in diameter. No pontil mark just a dished in bottom and a ground and polished rim slightly beveled inside and out. Any thoughts. Josef Knizek developed this finish to replicate the iridised finish 2000 year old Roman glass often had after being dug up.

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Re: Josef Knizek bowl?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2007, 06:35:08 PM »
Oh yes I have a strong opinion. Your bowl was made recently by household glass factory Tadeusz Wresniak in Tarnow, Poland and bears no relation  to anything made by Knizek. I'm not convinced about the Passau museum attribution - which may explain the absence of the item from the collection on display. Wresniak have been making items in silver oxide reduction technique for more than 25 years and these have often been misattributed and misrepresented.



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Re: Josef Knizek bowl?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2007, 08:00:34 PM »
Thanks for that Ivo,
Nice to know what it really was, I have had it a few years and have always wondered, especially after getting the handled Knizek vase. Good job it was a boot sale find, Cheers Pwayne.

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Re: Josef Knizek bowl?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007, 09:23:29 PM »
The bowl looks possibly mold blown or molded due to the evenness of the glass thickness, 

I agree with Ivo and would add that evenness of glass thickness is not a pointer to mould blowing. I'm not sure where that myth came from, but myth it is! :)
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