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These vases were photographed at the museum in Jablonec, and the images kindly provided to me by a friend interested in my research. What these show is a pair of vases that are Franz Welz. The time frame is 1931. 

The manner of these vases stylistically represents the Futurism Movement, which was reasonably short lived. The style of these vases, at least to me, is a reasonable artistic continuation of what appears to me to be the company direction...... leading edge in terms of decors, color combinations, and now in terms of Art itself......

The school where it appears these were produced was in Kamenický Šenov, and the vases not only bear a previously unknown Welz label, but the red example also exhibits a label reading Steinschönau with the letters F & S on the label also. The initials F&S simply represent Fachschule, which means Technical College in German. Steinschönau is simply German for Kamenický Šenov. This label may provide a clue to the possibility that Welz also marketed and sold glass in Germany. It is unknown to me if the School designed and produced the pieces, or if the design was supplied by Welz, and the school simply produced it these examples. It could also represent a piece that Welz produced and the school label is to give recognition to the origins of the design.... Maybe at some point we will know....

These are surely among the greatest examples of Deco Czech glass production I have ever seen, and not just because they are Welz. I have collected Art Deco for years, and these are stunning examples of what the period brought forth.
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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 12:37:07 AM »
What a find Craig and what glass,wouldn't say no to one of those! ;D ;D


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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 12:40:12 AM »
I would love to find one of these somewhere......  Either color...  :-)    I am not that picky....

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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 12:57:04 AM »
Stunning!
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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 01:48:35 AM »
Wow, Craig, they're fabulous. Pity they're not likely to show up in the Pacific Northwest. I hadn't known Futurism had much of a life outside of Italy after WWI ended.

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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 07:39:43 AM »
Wow, very reminiscent of some German ceramics  :o


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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012, 08:16:02 AM »
They are wonderful and remind me of Nicolai Suetin's ceramics.
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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 08:41:25 AM »
Wow, very reminiscent of some German ceramics  :o

Yes, google the term "Spritzdekor", a style very popular in German ceramics late 1920s / early 1930s.

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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012, 10:32:52 AM »
And my first thought was they're very like Carltonware "Jazz" (pre-1927 - and about the most desirable pattern there is).

Stunning,  8) I didn't know such stuff existed on glass - thank-you so much for showing us!
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Re: Welz Strikes Again - And WOW is this a Statement!! Futurism in Glass
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2012, 11:49:29 AM »
Wow! Funny - I photographed them, but it seems they were just to special for me to recognise
them as Welz...  ;D
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