MURAL AT VILLA VON SPAUN (PHOTO EDDY SCHEEPERS, 2006)
REMEMBER: YOU CAN ENLARGE ANY PICTURE BY LEFT CLICKING ONCE ON IT!
My name is Alfredo Villanueva-Collado and I am a retired professor from the City University of New York. I have collected Czech Jugendstil glass since 1979, when I found my first piece at the 26th St. Flea Market. I have been particularly attracted by the identification challenges posed by an industry which, contrary to the practice in other countries, rarely signed or identified its products.
Over the years I have been misled by reference books which almost always contained identification mistakes, some of which got into my first articles on Czech glass. Consequently, I have decided to follow a simple procedure. My basic hypothesis is that major Czech manufacturers of the Art Nouveau period (a) held Loetz as the model to be followed--not copied but imitated; (b) each company had a stock of shapes and decors, and even sizes, which they used interchangeably. Therefore, you can find the same shape in many decors, the same decor in several shapes; and the same shape and decor in several sizes. Some surface treatments and decors--such as threading, the use of rigaree, the hammered effect (martelé) or spots (papillon, ciselé, oil glaze) were shared by several companies, so they are unreliable ID markers. Shape then becomes the decisive factor in determining possible provenance.
Unfortunately, it is the tendency of the market nowadays--dealers, auction houses and E-Bay--to label everything as "Loetz," disregarding information that is readily available not only in books but also on Internet, in sites such as www.loetz.com . When you visit this site, pictures marked with an AN come from my collection. I have also penned the articles on Kralik, Rindskopf and Pallme-Konig, and created the Inkwell ID Project.
Loetz has pretty much been totally documented; but significant work remains to be done on the other major manufacturers such as Elizabethhutte (Pallme-Konig), Kralik and Rindskopf. Other non-Czech manufacturers, such as Heckert, Poschinger, and Schlieerse must also be taken into consideration. And, of course, my love of Czech glass has extended in unexpected ways, and now includes American glass such as Dugan and Imperial . . . both of which I initially bought in the mistaken belief they might be Czech!
I am always willing to help with identification, but i do get tired of receiving requests like: "This vase belonged to an old aunt who just passed away. Could you tell me what it is and how much it's worth?" and three days later finding the piece in question on E-Bay for an outrageous
price. If you are a dealer, buy the books, do your own research, take the trouble to learn about what you are hawking.
Anyone else can write me at email@example.com
THUS, IT IS MY PURPOSE TO HIGLIGHT CZECH GLASS PRODUCTION THAT GOES UNDER THE GENERIC NAME OF "LOETZ" BUT IS GENERALLY SPURNED BY HIGH-END LOETZ COLLECTORS. AT THE SAME TIME, I WANT TO HIGLIGHT AFFORDABLE LOETZ, FROM THE MIDDLE RANGES. ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE A CHAMPAGNE POCKET TO COLLECT CZECH OR LOETZ.
NOTE: I KEEP REVISING-MY PAGES, ADDING AND DELETING INFORMATION. SO, ALWAYS COME BACK FOR MORE (OR LESS)!
I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COMPUTER MENTOR, DAVID LITTLEFIELD, AND ALL THOSE CONTRIBUTORS AND COLLABORATORS WITHOUT WHOSE CONTINUOUS HELP AND ADVICE THIS SITE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE!
Mike Moir, UK
Warren Galle, USA
Tom Rood, USA
Craig Orkney, USA
Rosa Maria Mastomas, Spain
Barbara Bureker, USA
Mary McCatee, USA
Gastone Bonsembiante, Italy
Erik Makelberg, Sweden
Laura Schyhold, Finland
Norma Nabers, USA
Victoria Dokupil, Hungary
Agustín Vals-Vidal, Argentina
Kai Hasselbach, Germany
Patti Ferguson, USA
Deborah Pedersen, USA
Wayne Pattinson, UK
Gary Gibson (USA)
Leah Goodwin (USA)
ARE YOU BOTHERED TO NO END BY ALL THE DECEIT AND DECEPTION ON E-BAY? PAGE ON FAKES!
Since I placed this page, there has been a great deal of controversy among my glass correspondents, some who feel that it is of no use to try to change the operating philosophy of the Antiques business (deceit and deception), and some who feel that even if we cannot, we must try. When it comes to Czech glass, American E-Bay is a web of deceit, but it pales when compared to German E-Bay!!!!! LOETZ ON E-BAY: A WEB OF DECEPTION
NEW: THE LOETZ FACTORY IN A GERMAN THEME PARK Loetz factory
NEW: VILLA VON SPAUN, STILL STANDING! (BUT FOR HOW LONG?) Loetz Villa Spaun
NEW INKWELL PATTERN DISCOVERED!: Kralik Inkwells 2
NEW: ADDITIONS TO THE BIBLIOGRAPHY:Neuwirth, Bartha, Gulliver
NEW: BRIAN SEVERN'S TOUR OF PASSAU AND THE GLASS MUSEUM AT: http://www.glasscollector.net/PassauTour/imga0151.html
NEW: IN USEFUL LINKS, A LINK TO THE SOCIETY OF OPEN SALT COLLECTORS' CHAT ROOM. DISCOVERY: KRALIK DRAPED AND LEAF OPEN SALTS!
AND AN ALL NEW VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE PASSAU MUSEUM FROM THEIR SITE! THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF BAD TASTE BY GUSTAV E PAZAUREK! SEE USEFUL LINKS.