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Offline ian.macky

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Re: Identify this weird glass thing?
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2007, 03:07:15 AM »
I recently bought a Falconnier catalog in German, dated 1900, and put it online.  (I'm working on an English translation).  It shows these blocks, or at least the full-size one (this is a half-brick) for use in curved walls, domes, etc:

(http://glassian.org/Falconnier/Catalog/nr7.gif)

(http://glassian.org/Falconnier/Catalog/nr7_example_outside.gif)

Looks like the location of the pastille is incorporated into the design, instead of being hidden as in the other patterns, ala bull's-eye panes of crown glass.

The catalog lists four basic styles, and fancy colors "yellow", green, blue and opal (milkglass).  Green I have seen, and yellow usually means amber, presumably including this darker brown shade, and there's a milkglass one in the Swiss National museum, but blue!  Cobalt maybe, or cornflower (which is just light cobalt).  Oo la la, must find one!

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Re: Identify this weird glass thing?
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2007, 09:47:29 AM »
That is brilliant Ian.
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Re: Identify this weird glass thing?
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2007, 04:33:29 PM »
Ian, that's a great find, and thanks for sharing it. Is the list on page 7/8 one which details where the bricks were used and which builders/architects used them? (I don't read German, sadly, but am interested to know if any of these installations survive.)


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Re: Identify this weird glass thing?
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2007, 10:02:50 AM »
Anne,

You are right. The list on page 7 is of buildings, sorted out in categories like factories, railway stations, etc., which are ‘customers’. The list on page 8 is of architects, contractors and building firms.

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Re: Identify this weird glass thing?
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2007, 06:00:33 PM »
Taco, thanks for confirming that. So how many are still in situ, I wonder?


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Re: Identify this weird glass thing? - ID = glass brick
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2009, 09:49:10 PM »
Whilst browsing a downloaded PDF file on the history of the glass factory Vetropack Moravia Glass at Kyjov, previously known as S Reich, I spotted a photo of some of these glass bricks - the caption called them unique lock glass tiles.

I downloaded the 120let_kyjovske_sklarny.pdf from their site a while ago but the download link seems to have disappeared now, with the company histories just being a timeline. Anyhow, the brochure states that Reich made "hollow lock glass tiles that were the hit of Art Nouveau architecture, and production was also launched of glass roof and floor tiles."


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Re: Identify this weird glass thing? - ID = glass brick
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2009, 02:36:10 PM »
I don't know if anything has gone wrong with the links to the Swiss Museum website, but twice I've followed them and got only pictures of rather fine Bohemian vases... and once a totally blank page....

I'm not complaining - I shall go back to the site when I've got some time on my hands...


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Re: Identify this weird glass thing? - ID = glass brick
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2009, 07:16:03 PM »
I destroyed a Falconnier CORNER of Adler Hütten
 - was only hitting it with a smooth becerit to remove the beton-cement
sorry for my poor knowledge in English - but those of you goldsmithing will know, what a becerit is?
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