About the collection
- Created on Thursday, 09 June 2011 18:42
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- Written by Frank Andrews
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About the collection.
I was asked to appraise and photograph this collection of about 450 items that are mostly from the Sklo Union period of Czech glass history. The collection represents a superb selection of the range of products produced in the latter half of the 20th century. The images are shown as a free web resource under the care of the Glass Study Association, glass-study.org.
The collection had been in storage for some time and while well packed was very dirty. Due to time limitations only a superficial washing was carried out and some dirt remains on many pieces, this is apparent in some of the photographs.
All dimensions are in millimetres and with some shapes it was hard to be precise. I use the following abbreviations to name the dimension:
ø = Diameter
l = length
w = width
h = height
'square' = Might mean squarish too.
All weights are in grams and approximate.
Colours are generally close but most clear pieces have a blue, green or yellow tint that is more apparent in the photographs than to the naked eye. In some cases the camera has had a struggle and given some views a blue and others a green tint! Where a tint is mentioned in a colour description then this was clearly a deliberate colouring. In general the contrast of the images has been heightened to make the design details clearer and this emphasises tints. #nnn numbers are used to provide a convenient way of uniquely identifying pieces for reference. Using SKU number for the sorting sequence displays by factory pattern number.
Primary References used:
Sklo Union: Art Before Industry, by M. Newhall ISBN 978 0 9560623 0 7
Hi Sklo Lo Sklo: Czech Glass Design From Masterpiece to Mass-Produced, by Mark Hill ISBN 978 0 9552865 3 7
Modern Bohemian Art Glass, 1963. J. Raban.
Secondary research resources
With thanks to Mr Philip Richardson for making this site possible.
Frank Andrews April 2011, update February 2015