Since so little is really known about the whole output of Czech glass Jugendstil production, it is not uncommon for collectors to have vases which do not belong to the major manufacturers. Thanks to the Passau Museum Catalog and the Truitt books, it is now possible identify some previously unattributed pieces.
KARL GOLBERG, HAIDA
Goldberg was a glass refinery--that is, it worked with blanks made by other companies. So, Goldberg refers to the silver deposit decor, not the glass. Some of these vases might also be Adolph Zasche (Gablonz)
1. 10" VASE
When I bought the next vase, I also got with it a photograph album of a honeymoon in Niagara. In one of the pictures, there was the proud groom, posing with his wedding gift!
2. LOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE
3. A WEDDING GIFT
4. TRICORN. 8"
5. OWL VASE, 6" 6. POSSIBLE GOLDBERG DECOR
I must confess to NOT being a fan of Harrach glassworks: too much similarity to Victorian art glass. Their Art Nouveau production, though, was awesome and totally unknown to the American public. When it does show up it is marketed as Loetz (but then, what isn't). I have very few pieces in my collection. They are documented in the Passau Museum collection, particularly in case 62
7. 62 Top
8. 62 middle row
9, Bottom row: Formosas
This vase corresponds to those in on Ph.2:
11. Possibly Harrach.
12. Possibly Harrach
A rare Harrach cameo, signed:
13. Signed cameo
And now, for my favortie Harrach line, Formosa:
14. Formosa bowl, 5"
15. Formosa vase, 6"
16. Formosa vase, 8"
Knicek glass is quite distinctive. The PANDORA glass line, consisting of metalic reduction of enamels, was created by master enamel artist Maximilian Boudnik. it is quite difficult to find in this country.
17. KNICEK CASE, PASSAU MUSEUM
I only have four Mosers, including a signed perfume bottle:
The first two vases below may be modern, most likely the work of Huta Szklá Goszpodarczego Tadeusz Wrzesniak, Poland, ca. 1980
., Their quality rivals the originals. You can see other examples in Warren Galle's website (see Useful Links).
These two are documented Knicek:
20. PMC documented
And a water set from Internet:
21. Water set
22. Signed alexandrite perfumeThe others are from the 1890's and belong to the period called Historismus:
24. Yellow 1
This is one of my favorites, because of the detailed enameling:
25. Swallow vase
23. case 92 Passau Museum
RACHMANN BROTHERS, HAIDA REIDEL
Warren Galle (see Useful Links) recently acquired this vase with a Rachmann Brothers label. They operated in Haida from 1874 to 1945. Information appears on Band VI of the PMC.
27. WG's vase
28. Paper Label
I notice the shape and tdecor echnique were similar to a a vase i had classified as Goldberg, and another one I also had misclassified. On the basis of this comparison, I am now calling them Rachmann. Notice the similarity in the enamel reduction to Boudnik vases.
29. Rachmann, 6"
30. Rachmann, 12"
Another decor has just surfaced:
31. New Rachmann decor
32. A second label
I was shocked when I found out that one of my Harrach Formosas was really a Reidel!
31. Reidel at the PM
CZECH BUT NO MAKER
32. Reidel Formosa
On the basis of shape, I have tentatively classified this pair of vases as Reidel:
33. Aventurine vases
Every collector has vases whose origin he knows but whose maker he cannot place. These are mine. Attributions with a question mark:
35. Harrach, Moser? 14"
41. It appears as Poshinger in the PM but I doubt it very much.
42. Welz or Zasche?
43. One of my favorites: red cut to clear