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Title: ZBS Figurines
Post by: calcobra on May 29, 2012, 12:24:24 AM
There seems to be quite a bit of interest here in ZBS figurines, so I thought you might enjoy photos from a trip I was fortunate enough to make to ZBS in 2008.  We visited the sample/stock room where we were allowed to go through the boxes, and shelves where armies of ZBS figurines were stored (thousands of them).   

Apparently at one time they were trying to save unique samples to start a museum,  unless there were duplicates of the pieces in the museum samples, they were not for sale.  Anything else we could find in the room was for sale, and there were hundred and hundreds of bins, thousands of figurines, including some that had been there for a very long time.    The ZBS glassworks was HUGE.  We were also able to search though other store rooms there with incredible amounts of glass from all eras. 

This may be old news, but sadly I learned last week on my visit to the Czech Republic that ZBS is no more. 

I managed to pick up several figurines, I've included photos here of a couple of my favorites that I purchased, as well as the photos I snapped at ZBS:

Happy hunting,
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: Anik R on May 29, 2012, 04:06:48 AM
Wonderful, Brian.

Was everyone who visited allowed into the store rooms, or was that a privilege reserved for a select few? You were indeed fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour ZBS glassworks.  Thank you for sharing your photos.

Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: calcobra on May 29, 2012, 04:29:43 AM
Hi Anik,

The ZBS stock was purchased by Novosad & Son, and as we were there digitally archiving the Harrach design books, we were invited by them.  I would imagine the remaining figurines are in the Novosad & Son gift shops?  I can check on that if you'd like to know.

Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: Anik R on May 29, 2012, 04:52:38 AM
Ah... I did think it was a bit strange to allow the public to climb ladders and go through all the boxes, where glass could disappear into pockets or break. You were the privileged few.

I've been observing glass on a Czech auction site (similar to ebay) for some time, and I've noticed that the prices for ZBS figurines have skyrocketed in the last few months, even surpassing ebay prices. Interest is certainly rising, especially among the Czechs. If Novosad & Son have ZBS figurines in their gift shop, I can imagine they are quickly finding new homes with collectors.  :)

Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 29, 2012, 09:07:11 AM
Thank-you so much for sharing! These figurines are a complete joy.
(Michael wouldn't let me buy your Aphrodite, Anik.  :'(  I loved it, he shrieked in horror and threatened to leave the house if it entered.)
But it did provoke an emotional reaction from him.  ;D
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: Anik R on May 29, 2012, 09:31:40 AM
Lol, Sue... My husband's response was much like Michael's when I brought her home with me.
These figurines do evoke reactions -- people either love them or hate them.
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: bOBA on May 29, 2012, 11:29:58 AM
A fascinating post. We may need a ZBS figurine thread starting..... I personally thought the aphrodite looked a lovely piece myself.... whimsical, quasi-kitschy stuff does divide audiences- like humour itself, which many of these ZBS contain, you either find them charming-funny or you don't! I think they are great,

Brian bought some amazing examples.... were they new at the time or from the stores? Great either way, the glassblower must be the top of the list for most ZBS figurine collectors, I had not seen it before...

Robert (bOBA)   
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: Anik R on May 29, 2012, 01:24:44 PM
I agree with Robert -- the glassblower figurine is fantastic.

I've decided to attach a photo of the ZBS Aphrodite figurine mentioned above, for the sake of reference.

Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: TxSilver on May 29, 2012, 02:13:56 PM
I love ZBS villager figurines as much as I do Murano animals. Some of us ZBS lovers ought to start a Google site with pictures of the figurines.

The ZBS market seems to be all over the place. Sometimes they fly off the shelf. Other times they just sit and wait. And almost always I receive low offers for them. I want to say WHAT???!!! You want this wonderful piece of glass for how much???
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: chopin-liszt on May 29, 2012, 02:51:58 PM
Thank-you, Anik  :-* - she really deserves a home where she is appreciated by all. She deserves to be seen - here and wherever she goes later.
She's more complicated than most - she is very, very special.
(I'm still in a grump over her.  :'( )
Title: Re: ZBS Figurines
Post by: calcobra on May 29, 2012, 03:12:08 PM
Anik your Aphrodite figurine is wild, interesting, and definitely evokes thought :)

Robert the pieces came from the ZBS sample/stock room, some of the pieces had been there for many years according to the lady that was in charge of their stock.  Another piece I purchased was a wonderfully done Native American Indian, but I gave it to my father. 

I thought the glass blower might have been a unique piece when I found him, actually there were two, I picked up both and gave one to my Mother.

Perhaps someone should produce a book on these whimsical figurines.  I would imagine they have quite an interesting history, and certainly there is a unique and interesting assortment of figurines.

BTW I was able to attend the Harrach 300th Anniversary Glass Symposium at Harrachov which kicked off their 300th Anniversary celebration. They shut down production that day, and had invited the top Czech glass blowers competing to make the best pieces of glass for the day.   Groups of four teams would go at once, given an hour to create their masterpieces.  Petr Novosad showed us a sample copy of the Harrach book by Jan Mergl, and we were able to get a preview of the Harrach exhibition at the UPM in Praha.  They did a great job at the Symposium, fun was had by all.

Happy hunting,