I just acquired this hand-blown Czech glass vase at the major Sunday antique market in Toronto, Canada. I'm more of a Scandinavian collector, but the quality and design of this one just screamed "buy me", so I did.
The vase is thick, double-cased glass. The inner/uppermost layer of glass is clear and very bubbly, but high-quality (no burst bubbles); the outer/lower casing is dark cobalt, and inverted during the making to allow the hot glass to "run" up the sides of the vase. An interesting effect!
The base is polished and has some age wear, but no marks. There are two labels on the piece. One I recognize as the label for Bohemia Glassworks. The second one I don't recognize ... it's red foil, and says "HAND MADE SKRDLOVICE CZECHOSLOVAKIA" and has two initials, possibly "IR" or "LR" (or could be "IP", or "IR", or I suppose the first initial could even be a C?) inside a spade-shape. I've attached pics (or at least I hope I have ... this is my first post!).
Does anyone recognize the piece or the labels? Any idea what factory or artist might have made this one?
Any info is much appreciated!