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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #390 on: April 04, 2014, 08:11:31 PM »
Hi everyone, I have been quite busy. But I am pleased to announce the Skrdlovice exhibition and forthcoming book. I know the book is quite expensive but it is a lavish volume with lots of unique photographs. It will really be the first book to be published on the subject. There is also mention of GMB (and this thread hopefully) too, in the resources section. Thanks for mentioning it in the recent post David. Hopefully it will be a good read for those who can get hold of a copy! I have tried to keep back some pieces of research that Jindra and I have done, to make the book as interesting as possible for most collectors! I will post the date at the end of April where it can be bought. Preorder interest can be logged with the books enquiry email at www.markhill.net

The exhibition is quite short and I will see if I can get a photo of some of it to post here some time after the show. Please attend if you can, there are many pieces that I guarantee have not been on display in the UK before. It has been really interesting for me to see all the glass from the factory collected here from all parts of the world. Everyone has at least one piece I want, in some cases more!



Robert (bOBA)


(The last image is from my collection, the others are publicity images for the book and exhibition Images © Mark Hill Publishing Ltd www.markhill.net).


Exhibition at Antiques For Everyone, at the NEC, Birmingham, England.
 
April 10th-13th www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk

Glass from the private collections of Robert Bevan Jones and Jindrich Parik.

Skrdlovice & Beránek: Legends of Czech Glass
A New Exhibition & Book Skrdlovice is one of the 20th century’s greatest forgotten glass companies. For decades, the
company (pronounced ‘skerd-luv-itz’ah’), was hidden from the world behind the Iron Curtain, and the major contributio
n it made to 20thC glass design is only now being uncovered and reappraised by design historians and collectors. Founded in 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, by the enterprising and talented glassmaster Emanuel Berànek, the company’s earliest designs were produced using waste broken glass, peat to fire the furnaces -and a huge amount of raw talent and sheer determination. Against all odds, the company survived and flourished under Communist rule in the 1950s & 60s, exporting its vast and diverse range of colourful, curving glass across the world as far as Canada, Europe and Australia. From the 1950s until its demise in 2008, nearly every one of Czechoslovakia’s best and more influential glass designers worked with them including now globally revered names such as Frantisek Vizner. Designs were varied and absorbed influences from now well-known mid-century modernglass produced in Scandinavia and on the Italian island of Murano. Like the glass produced in Britain at the time by companies such as Whitefriars, Czech designers didn’t merely copy but added a strong Czech twist to develop their own highly recognizable look. Further experimentation from the 1950s onwards used a rainbow of colours and a breath-
taking array of ever more complex techniques to create truly world class designs. The arguable golden age of the company was the 1970s, and many designs produced by its successor, Beranek Glass SRO(active1993-2008) were designed then.This groundbreaking exhibition will comprise over 100 examples, including unique pieces, that will be displayed together in Britain for the first time ever. Typically mis-attributed to factories on Murano and Scandinavia, this unique and exclusive exhibition and the accompanying book published by BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist Mark Hill will uncover the truth behind this captivating and fascinating glass, and reveal the amazing story and key names behind it.

Exhibition at Antiques For Everyone,
April 10th-13th www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk
Glass from the private collections of Robert Bevan Jones and Jindrich Parik.

A hardback book, limited to 1,000 numbered copies, will bepublished by Mark Hill Publishing Ltd in late April. Skrdlovice & Beranek: Legends of Czech Glass
By Robert Bevan-Jones & Jindrich Parik
General Editor: Mark Hill

‘Coffee table’ style hardback

284mm x 225mm portrait

160 pages
• Full contextual history of the factory, with information on hundreds of designs and
designers, from 1941-2008.
• Over 250 specially commissioned, full colour illustrations, including reproductions of the factory’s unique pattern book archive, original design drawings and hitherto unseen photographs from inside the factory.

Special feature boxes including ‘Designer Profile’ and ‘Hallmark Design’.

Produced entirely in Great Britain

ISBN: 9780955286599

Price: £45
plus postage & packing

Images © Mark Hill Publishing Ltd
www.markhill.net


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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #391 on: April 06, 2014, 03:40:47 PM »
My congrats, Robert for finishing such an immense work. I know this has occupied you for quite some
time now.
I´m much looking forward to seeing the result of your collective work and - to the same amount - pity
I won´t be able to see the exhibition.
Bet there will be lots of visitors.
(Y)  :)
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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #392 on: April 06, 2014, 07:37:06 PM »
Oooooooooooo I'm so excited about your upcoming book!  I love Skrdlovice glass and can't wait to read more about the glassworks, designs and designers.  I'm sure with all those years of careful research, the book is a must-have for any serious Skrdlovice collector.  Super news!

Shame I won't be able to come to Birmingham for the exhibition, but I'll be there in my thoughts. I can't see the exhibition or the publication being anything but a great success.  (And very well-deserved!)

Anik
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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #393 on: April 06, 2014, 08:20:09 PM »
Thank you Anik, it has been quite a long time now that we have all been discussing this fascinating factory. I really hope collectors will like the display and book. There are many photographs of pieces that have not been seen in print before. There are lots of unusual photos of scarce pieces as well as classics, taken by Graham Rae, whose work is already familiar to many collectors of Czech glass.  There will be lots of research and new information about the history of the factory that will be news to most people. It is a relief to finally see a volume on this great factory becoming available, it is about time! Jindra has been really very busy as most people will know, with his career in technology, but behind the scenes, he has been helping as much as he can. His website has been a bit quiet as a result but his enthusiasm for glass is undimmed and he certainly sees windows of time in the not distant future where he will be able to return to doing a lot more online producing more of his articles on glass and other glass related activities of all kinds. Thanks for the encouraging words!


Robert (bOBA)


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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #394 on: April 07, 2014, 06:25:24 AM »
This is really great news. - Thanks for all your hard work, Robert and Jindrich!
Looking forward to learning much more about my favourite glass maker. (And I am afraid there will be quite a few pieces in it which will make me turn green with envy...)

I am sure the book will not leave my coffee table any more :)

Michael

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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #395 on: April 15, 2014, 11:57:42 AM »
Just a few photos from the Skrdlovice exhibition of 2014 that is now finished. Mark Hill and Clarion events, who organised and planned the entire Antiques for Everyone show at the NEC, provided the opportunity to showcase the glass. The glass was well lit and spaciously displayed. Here are a few photos showing some of what was there. More information on Skrdlovice will be available at the National Glass Fair in Solihull, where the book Skrdlovice and Beranek, will be officially launched. (See events page for more details).

Robert (bOBA)

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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #396 on: April 15, 2014, 05:51:49 PM »
Thank you for posting some photos from the exhibition, Robert... much appreciated by a person like me who couldn't come to the show.

Great pictures and a very attractive showcase of Skrdlovice and Beranek glass.
Can't wait for the book!

Anik
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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #397 on: April 15, 2014, 06:13:08 PM »
Really exciting stuff.  8)
I will be buying a copy of the book. :)
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #398 on: April 16, 2014, 03:16:32 AM »
Thanks for the photos, Robert.  Great selection of pieces, which show the wide range of styles produced by Skrdlovice.

Waiting for the book reminds me of how I used to be as a child waiting for Christmas. At least I'm my own Santa Claus now.

Congratulations and many thanks, Robert.

David
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Re: Skrdlovice collectors thread, part II
« Reply #399 on: April 24, 2014, 06:18:09 PM »
Oh, I would have loved to see the exhibition, thanks for the pics Robert!

Here is a Skrdlovice design which probably wasn't included:
beautiful Vladimir Jelinek bowl, PN 6061, diameter 31 cm.

If I understand it properly, the pattern book says that only 100 pieces were made, so sort of a my first "limited edition" Skrdlovice piece :D

Michael

 

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