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Barolac black production
« on: September 26, 2008, 06:20:20 PM »
I have been puzzled by certain vases, which have appeared over the years, which have finishes that are not typical of Inwald production, particularly as the moulds were transferred in the 1980s. I have major reservations about black glass, for example, not a colour of glass traditionally associated with Rudolfova hut' vase production, but definitely a colour used by Rosice. Though not a pre-war specialist, my research into the work of Rudolf  Schrötter has meant taking a much greater interest in the Barolac items.
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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008, 08:07:51 PM »
Marcus, re. black glass, I'm fairly certain that my black Barolac Seahorse handled vases http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-2447 are Inwald rather than Rosice production; the mould quality is superb & the base finish is consistent with that on my opalescent examples. Both have acid stamp 'Tchecoslovaquie' marks to the footrim - I'll try to get better photos of the vases & their marks soon. 


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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2008, 09:16:36 PM »
Hi Steven,
I was not implying that the mould quality is not good, and having handled known Rosice examples, which were very well finished,  it is clear that many of the much poorer quality items appear to have come from the Libochovice plant. Both "Aquarium" and the sea-horse handled vases were made later at  Rosice, Libochovice and currently (Sea-horse vase) by Halama. Arguably the Rosice production used very high quality moulds, which may be the originals, whereas almost every example I have seen with Libs labels are astonishingly poor.
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Marcus


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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2008, 09:52:11 PM »
Marcus, sorry to bother you again but I would be interested to hear more of your thoughts on black Barolac glass and to know what patterns you may have seen in black. To date, I've only seen three pieces of black Barolac, my pair of vases mentioned above and a 'Loss of The Revenge' vase, featured in Pressglas-korrespondez in May 2007. All were found in France and are decorated with gilt highlights, a combination very similar to that seen on some seemingly pre-war black Sabino vases (to date I've seen vases 'Gaiete' and 'Les Plumes' in black, a black and gilt Gaiete is shown here:  http://www.american-heirlooms.com/collectibles.html).

The reason I mentioned the quality of moulding was because, when comparing the black vases to other examples, including the two opalescent examples I've owned, I would say the black are noticeably superior. One of the reasons I suspected earlier rather than later production was because the moulds showed few signs of deterioration, the mould seams are tight with no signs of repair and the vases have excellent fine detail.

I certainly agree with you about the poor quality of some of the recent examples. I had a part frosted seahorse vase (unmarked) recently and, placing it next to the original it was quite clear that they came from different moulds; the fish were in much lower relief, the handles modelled differently and the mould seams were straight vertical lines rather than following the wavy lines of the weed as per the original. I don't know whether it was Libs or Halama production but there was no wear and the vase looked brand new.

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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008, 10:41:06 AM »
I presume Libs is an abbreviation of Libochovice? I would suggest it is avoided if so, please.
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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2008, 11:03:06 AM »
Hi Frank,
"Libs" is a legitimate and registered trade-mark of Libochovice Sklarny a.s. and SHL.
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Re: Barolac black production
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008, 11:52:04 AM »
Cool  :) thanks for that info Marcus.
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