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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Austria => Topic started by: Anik R on January 23, 2011, 09:31:13 AM

Title: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 23, 2011, 09:31:13 AM
I bought an Adolf Matura frosted head jardiniere (Libochovice glassworks) this morning for a whole 70 PLN (about 18 euro or 15 pounds).  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D   It's in perfect condition -- and I'm in seventh heaven. 

Here is a picture for your viewing pleasure.  Feel free to inundate me with expressions of awe and jealousy...  ;D
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: glassobsessed on January 23, 2011, 09:51:36 AM
Fifteen quid.....:thud:

Wow, that is a fantastic bargain, a really iconic design. 8)
Am I right in thinking there was more than one variation?

 :mrgreen: John :mrgreen:
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: px on January 23, 2011, 01:50:35 PM
Anik, as soon as I saw the topic I decided I will not read the post and definitely did not look at the picture. And I think I won't read any of your posts ever anymore. And I think no one would have wanted that item at that price anyway. And I am NOT jealous. I am not jealous. I am not...
 :thud:  :tsk: :tsk:  :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:  God, I bet it's heavy? What are the dimensions?  :)
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Jindra8526 on January 23, 2011, 02:28:20 PM
Bravo Anik  :clap:

it is rare piece and normaly is very costly - about 100 GBP now.

Jindrich
www.cs-sklo.cz
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anne on January 23, 2011, 03:58:10 PM
 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: rosieposie on January 23, 2011, 04:07:55 PM
:cry: :mrgreen: :cry: :mrgreen: :bsh: :cry: :mrgreen: :cry:

No I'm not envious at all Anik :wsh:
I'm just smashing the glass head vase so you can't have it!
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 23, 2011, 04:15:07 PM
Thank you, gentlemen and ladies.

But I have to say, it's a good thing I was ignorant as to the value of the vase/jardiniere, or else I would have ended up paying more...  The sellers wanted 150zl for it which I thought was terribly overpriced.  When I handed the vase back, one of the sellers told me it's a 1930s art-deco piece.  I started laughing and told him it's 1970s.  After a quick exchange in Russian (not with me, but with the other seller), his partner told me that I may be right, and that he'll give it to me for 100zl.  I told him that that's still too expensive and started to walk away.  He asked me how much would I give him, so I yelled out 'not more than 60zl'.  He said he'll sell for 80zl, and I said I'll give him 70zl.  He agreed.   ;D

It's only when I got home and saw these two links that I realized the vase/jardiniere is worth more than I ever imagined:
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/4269088
http://www.auctionatrium.com/index.php?page=view_item&itemID=6724

Even 100 GBP is much more than I expected. :o   I really do feel as if I won the lottery.  ;D


px -- the vase is 14cm high and 14,5cm wide.  It weighs about 1,4kg.  It really is an impressive piece.
I am one very, very happy woman.

 
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: nigel benson on January 24, 2011, 12:00:22 AM
Anik,

Very nice find. Glad to have helped your 'research' on the internet, with one of the succesful sales out of the auction I was invited to source and curate  ;) :)

Quote
http://www.auctionatrium.com/index.php?page=view_item&itemID=6724

Nigel
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 24, 2011, 05:05:30 AM
Thank you, Nigel.  :)

Here is one more picture of my vase, looking very happy in its new home...  ;D
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Nemmie on January 24, 2011, 07:49:27 AM
Congratulations. It's lovely.
 :mrgreen: :hiclp:
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 24, 2011, 09:02:19 PM
Thank you, Nemmie.  I'm still feeling mighty pleased with myself.  ;D
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Jindra8526 on January 29, 2011, 08:17:05 AM
Well, Anik, I am sure you will get a feeling I am malicious :-)
Two pieces from my collection + absolutely rare Matura's head bowl, also from my shelf  >:D

Jindrich
www.cs-sklo.cz
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 29, 2011, 08:41:29 AM
Ah Jindra, I don't think you are being malicious... you are simply very fortunate -- and at least (in this case) I've got 1/3 of your good fortune.  ;D   When I find a head vase, I will be 2/3 as fortunate.

The bowl is magnificent.  :mrgreen:

Edit:  How different (and interesting) the bowl is from the vases -- whereas I see a 'tribal' face in the vase(s), I see two kissing people in the bowl... LOVELY!
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Bonsaismurf on January 29, 2011, 09:42:27 PM
Congrats. (I'm short when I'm jealous)  :hiclp:

Best Regards
Emil
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: bOBA on January 29, 2011, 10:18:12 PM
Anik's vase is lovely and Jindrich's bowl is amazing too! Well done Anik on another great Czech glass find, your collection is really becoming substantial with significant additions such as this ....

Robert (bOBA)
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on January 30, 2011, 05:25:44 AM
Thank you, Robert...  I'm just getting started.  ;D
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: rocco on February 19, 2011, 09:02:56 PM
Hi Anik,
today I found the happy Austrian cousin of your beautiful jardiniere:

vase by Claus Josef Riedel for Riedel Glas, dating from the 60ies (was on my wishlist for quite some time)  :D

Michael
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: Anik R on February 19, 2011, 09:32:51 PM
Congratulations, Michael!!!  It's always terribly exciting to finally get a long sought-after piece. ;D   I wish you many more wishlist finds!

I've never seen one of these before...  it's really quite interesting, but I can't quite decide whether I like it or hate it.  I think the 'mouth' on your Riedel vase disturbs me a bit -- it's kind of 'clownish'.  I really don't like clowns.  :wsh:


I am very happy for you, though.  Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: And because I don't know how to be humble -- Adolf Matura 'head' jardiniere
Post by: rocco on February 19, 2011, 11:27:57 PM
Thanks, Anik!
I'm not so fond of clowns either :)
But I like this ridiculous vase.

And I have to admit that all Claus Josef Riedel designs are on my wishlist ;D (I already have quite a few).
His work is really the only post war Austrian glass design worth collecting.
Some are really beautiful and elegant, some more on the "interesting" side (like this one, and a huge jug I own with a moulded sailing ship).

But especially his Ikebana vases are really looking great with flowers in them -- whereas many of my beloved Czech vases are more beautiful than useful :)

All the best,
Michael