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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Austria => Topic started by: Collectorprince on November 09, 2010, 07:09:27 AM

Title: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ... - ID = Skrdlovice
Post by: Collectorprince on November 09, 2010, 07:09:27 AM
Hello all,

I just acquired this hand-blown Czech glass vase at the major Sunday antique market in Toronto, Canada. I'm more of a Scandinavian collector, but the quality and design of this one just screamed "buy me", so I did.

The vase is thick, double-cased glass. The inner/uppermost layer of glass is clear and very bubbly, but high-quality (no burst bubbles); the outer/lower casing is dark cobalt, and inverted during the making to allow the hot glass to "run" up the sides of the vase. An interesting effect!

The base is polished and has some age wear, but no marks. There are two labels on the piece. One I recognize as the label for Bohemia Glassworks. The second one I don't recognize ... it's red foil, and says "HAND MADE SKRDLOVICE CZECHOSLOVAKIA" and has two initials, possibly "IR" or "LR" (or could be "IP", or "IR", or I suppose the first initial could even be a C?) inside a spade-shape. I've attached pics (or at least I hope I have ... this is my first post!).

Does anyone recognize the piece or the labels? Any idea what factory or artist might have made this one?

Any info is much appreciated!

Thanks,

Rob
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Lustrousstone on November 09, 2010, 07:32:18 AM
You have your factory on the label
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HAND MADE SKRDLOVICE CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: langhaugh on November 09, 2010, 07:46:56 AM
It's amazing how much quality Czech glass turns up in Canada. As Christine says, it's Skrdlovice, in my opinion the best of the Czech factories. You can find out more by doing a search of Skrdlovice on this site. The basic facts are that the company was started by the Beranek brothers who made pulegoso  glass toward the end of WWII. The company became Skrdlovice under the communists, but with the Beraneks still in charge. The factory was where much of the cutting edge art glass was produced.  This is pulegoso but much later, probably post 1960. Robert (bOBA) and Jindrich are the big Skrlovice experts and I'm sure they'll be able to tell you who designed the piece. My guess is L. Oliva.

A word of warning: Skrdlovice is addictive. I started out with Murano and Scandinavian, but now I seem to be buying far more Czech glass.

David

Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Jindra8526 on November 09, 2010, 09:01:04 AM
This piece is designed by Pavel Jezek (*7.1. 1938 Praha, +1.9. 1999 Mala Skala) in 1976, pattern 7606/28.

Jindrich
www.webareal.cz/ceskoslovenskesklo
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: bOBA on November 09, 2010, 10:27:51 AM
It is a lovely piece and a great example of the modern use of the Bohemian dripping decoration style that has been used in Bohemian glass since at least c. 1400AD. Jindrich has provided all the details for you for this piece.

I would only add that Mr Jezek translates as Mr Hedgehog ... not a common name in England but we do have Mr Salmon, Gudgeon, Pike, Fox and Mr Badger  etc ..... Also, as Langhaugh says the bubble glass used may be a reference to the past usage of it at the factory, as made at Skrdlovice just after the war, another revived element of local historic traditions presented in the new glass! An interesting piece! I attach a picture of its little brother, produced at the same time by Mr Jezek...

Robert (bOBA)
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Collectorprince on November 09, 2010, 06:25:12 PM
Wow, thanks for all your help on this ... factory, artist, and even the pattern number and the year it was designed! There are some amazing experts here on this Board, and it's so nice that people are so willing to share their expertise!

I've also noticed that there seems to be a lot of excellent Czech glass turning up in Toronto. I wonder if it was ever sold at retail here, or just brought over by migrating collectors? I'll definitely have to watch out for its addictive qualities ... it wasn't too many years ago that I bought a single Stromberg vase to sit on top of one of the 130+ radios I owned. Now most of the radios are gone, and I'm out prowling for scandinavian glass nearly every weekend!

It's funny that the artist of this piece was a "Mr. Hedgehog" in translation. It made me recall an old history class, where I learned that the then-President of Germany, Richard von Weizs├Ącker, was in fact a "Mr. Wheatbagger"!

Thanks all,

Rob
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: dirk. on November 09, 2010, 06:45:27 PM
Absolutely right, Mr. Wheatbaggins, one of the rather tall halflings from The Shire...  :24:  :wsh:
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: langhaugh on November 09, 2010, 06:53:10 PM
Rob:

I believe that most of the Czech glass in Canada was sold here. I know that there was one store at least in Vancouver that sold it, and I wouldn't be surprised if Eatons and/or Birks also carried it. There was an import company, Belford, I think, that brought in a least some of it. You'll occasionally see that label on a piece, usually Chribska or Harrachov.

If you do buy some Czech in Canada, could you please wait until my collection is complete? 

Good luck.

David
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: glassobsessed on November 09, 2010, 08:00:01 PM
Complete? What does that mean, is it even possible?  ;D

John
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: langhaugh on November 09, 2010, 09:13:58 PM
John: My ruse is uncovered. Perpetual non competition for me in Canada.

David
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: antiquerose123 on November 10, 2010, 12:56:43 AM
...and me here too.....LOL.               Canuck fight....

yes, I think Eatons -- and I know for sure that BIRKS sold high end glass years ago.  I even remember my parent shopping there when they were looking for a Wedding Gift.  Birks was the place to go here in Canada.

 ;)
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Carolyn Preston on November 10, 2010, 01:16:23 AM
Rob:

I believe that most of the Czech glass in Canada was sold here. I know that there was one store at least in Vancouver that sold it, and I wouldn't be surprised if Eatons and/or Birks also carried it. There was an import company, Belford, I think, that brought in a least some of it. You'll occasionally see that label on a piece, usually Chribska or Harrachov.

If you do buy some Czech in Canada, could you please wait until my collection is complete? 

Good luck.

David

When I got married (over 20 years ago) and chose bavarian crystal (lovely thistle pattern) it was through Balfour Crystal.

Carolyn
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: langhaugh on November 10, 2010, 05:35:12 AM
Carolyn:

You're right; it was Balfour, not Belford. I trusted my memory, a risky thing to do. BTW, Birks has reentered the high end glass market and carries some very expensive Murano.

David
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Jindra8526 on November 10, 2010, 08:42:26 AM
wait until my collection is complete?   

 :chky: :chky: :chky:

Do you think it is ever possible David?

To challenge you - only Mr. Vizner did design about 400 in pattern books registered pieces.
Skrdlovice totaly covers about 4000 designs, than we have Harrachov, ZBS, Chribska, Mstisov, Chlum, Karlovarsko, Vrbno, Krasno, Podebrady, Svetla, Jihlava, Kvetna etc. speaking about blown glass only.

How many pieces covers Marcus in Sklo Union book (www.skolounion.com) in pressed?

you collection never will be complete, but huge can be, I am sure

Jindrich
www.webareal.cz/ceskoslovenskesklo
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Greg. on November 10, 2010, 01:56:04 PM
Another for sale.........

http://cgi.ebay.de/Bohm-Glas-Vase-Skrodlovice-Pulegoso-Entw-Beranek-/250718304909?pt=Glas_Kristall&hash=item3a5ff9ba8d

Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Carolyn Preston on November 11, 2010, 02:32:42 AM
Carolyn:

You're right; it was Balfour, not Belford. I trusted my memory, a risky thing to do. BTW, Birks has reentered the high end glass market and carries some very expensive Murano.

David

I can't remember the last time I walked into a Birks.  Must do that again some day.

Carolyn
Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: langhaugh on November 11, 2010, 06:38:11 AM
Jindrich

My wife kept asking me when was I going to stop buying glass. I had the choice of telling her two things:

One, when my collection was as big as Jindrich's, or
Two, when my collection is complete.

The second answer seemed to hold more promise.  Often vaguer seems better.

David

Title: Re: Help with ID of Czech glass vase ...
Post by: Collectorprince on November 12, 2010, 09:34:22 AM
Carolyn:

You're right; it was Balfour, not Belford. I trusted my memory, a risky thing to do. BTW, Birks has reentered the high end glass market and carries some very expensive Murano.

David

I've been to Birks a few times, and yes, they've had a few interesting pieces of Murano recently, although a bit too gaudy (and expensive) for my taste. Actually, European Jewellers in the Toronto Eaton Centre used to import a lot of Italian glass, mostly of low quality, but they had a buyer once who came up with a number of lovely pieces from the Cenedese glassworks. You really never know where interesting things will turn up!

Rob