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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Austria => Topic started by: eglass on April 05, 2007, 01:38:00 AM

Title: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague = Feigl and Morawetz, Libochovice
Post by: eglass on April 05, 2007, 01:38:00 AM
Hello!

I have another piece that has me flummoxed, and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for a maker of this pressed glass piece.

This Fish Bookend (I think, because it came as one of a pair) stands 5.625" tall, 5" long and 2.625" wide. It's marked on the bottom "TCHECOSLOVAGUE", with an accent mark over the first "E". Is this a piece made in Czechoslovakia for export to France? It seems that the mark is the French spelling of the country's name, but I'm just taking a wild guess after googling.

As always, any input is most appreciated. I have checked the "Presglas Pavilion" site, but may have missed this piece while wandering the halls there, lol....easy to get lost in all that gorgeous stuff.

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6263
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6259
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-6262

Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Sklounion on April 05, 2007, 05:47:28 AM
Yes, a Czechoslovakian piece for export to France.
Possible makers to research further are:
Reidel, of Polaun,
Feigl and Morawetz, Libochovice
and some of the manufacturers around Jablonec.
It might also be worth looking in the current catalogue (under Historic) of Desna,
in case this is a piece which they still make.
Regards,
Marcus
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: eglass on April 05, 2007, 02:33:35 PM
Marcus, thank you VERY much! I will research further and let you know what I find. :)

Kelli
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Sklounion on April 05, 2007, 03:08:28 PM
Kelli,
This is pre-war production. Desna do not have this as a current product.
You might also check Hoffmann, though I would have expected a visible butterfly mark to the base.
I suggested Feigl and Morawetz (Moravka) at Libochovice as they did some remarkable quality decorative pieces, with subjects from nature, and a fine bookend of a glass-blower.
Schlevogt also is a possibility.
Regards,
Marcus
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Mosquito on April 05, 2007, 06:20:32 PM
Have the same model in blue sitting on my desk. I believe it is a paperweight or decorative motif rather than a bookend as there is no flat vertical to prop against a row of books. As to maker, I can't add a great deal more other than to agree with what Marcus has said. I feel Hoffmann can most likely be ruled out as there is no mark and the bright fire polished finish appears inconsistent with the known Hoffmann patterns I have handled.
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: eglass on April 05, 2007, 10:37:52 PM
Hi Marcus and Stephen!

I did look through the Desna site, and didn't find it - but rather gave up after seeing the Desna quality, this really isn't made as nicely as the Desna pieces that are showcased.

Thank you for the additional names, I will keep plugging away. :)

Kelli


Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Sklounion on February 05, 2008, 06:14:51 PM
Hi Steven,
Please could you put an image of your fish into this topic, as The original posters images have disappeared from Glass Gallery?
Thank you, as I may be move this forward.
Regards,
Marcus
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Mosquito on February 05, 2008, 07:39:56 PM
Hello Marcus,

No problem, I still have the fish, though it will take a few days before I can retrieve and photograph it.

all the best,
Steven
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Sklounion on February 05, 2008, 07:55:05 PM
Hi Steven,
Thank you, for this, whenever you are ready.
Apologies for the errors in my previous post, I have another bad headache, caused by a new stove, and the fumes emitted by its coating material, when heated.
Regards,
Marcus
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: paradisetrader on February 06, 2008, 02:01:58 PM
Tchecoslovague is a mis-spelling of the French adjective "tchécoslovaque" (Czechoslovakian)
The name of the country in French was Tchécoslovaquie
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Mosquito on February 24, 2008, 09:25:11 PM
Hello,

Here are the pictures. The fish measures approximately 15.2 cm in height, measured to the tip of the fin. The base measures approx. 16.7 by 13 cm.

Marcus, I'll e-mail the high resolution versions if they are of use to you? Also, Frank, are they of any use for the Zoo?

Steven
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Mosquito on February 24, 2008, 09:26:04 PM
Here's another couple of pictures showing the mirror polished foot and moulded mark:
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Frank on February 24, 2008, 10:52:34 PM
Yes please Steven
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague
Post by: Sklounion on February 25, 2008, 10:14:15 AM
Stephen,
Thank you, your images are good, very good, and so this is another mystery solved.
This fish weight is from Feigl and Morawetz (Moravka), Libochovice, pattern number 1815, and almost certainly modelled by the Czech sculptor, Karel Zentner.
This is a top quality item, and  the images help to confirm the view that, between the wars, Libochovice was a producer of very fine pressed glass.
Regards,
Marcus
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague = Feigl and Morawetz, Libochovice
Post by: Mosquito on February 25, 2008, 07:14:01 PM
Marcus, Thank you very much for the information. I have just noticed a mistake in my earlier post, dimensions of base should be 13 cm by 6.7 cm.

I've also noticed Pamela has a satinised version with a different mark: http://pressglas-pavillon.de/tafelaufsaetze/07048.html
Title: Re: Clear Glass Fish Bookend(?) Tchecoslovague = Feigl and Morawetz, Libochovice
Post by: Muffy59 on August 04, 2011, 01:35:45 PM
Hello,  I just happened to find this same piece in one of our Goodwill stores here in the US.  I paid .99 cents for it.  I have the opalized fish also marked Tchecoslovaguie underneath the front end of the piece.  There is also an unidentifiable marking on the right side where the "water wave" meets the base.  I am wondering what it is worth, if anything.  This was the only site that I could find that had any information and I am hoping that you can help me.  Much thanks in advance.  Carla A., Maine, USA