Art Nouveau Bohemian Art Glass

IMG_20140611_163954_221IMG_20140611_164140_408 IMG_20140611_164219_371 IMG_20140611_164028_235*Green & gold Art Nouveau Bohemian Art Glass vase circa 1900.

*Rare yellow Bohemian Art Glass Vase by Loets Kralik circa 1900.

*Orange with Pewter Loetz style art glass vase circa 1900.

*1910 Green Art Nouveau Art Glass vase with metal stand.

Available on the 2nd floor of the People’s Store.

Bohemian art glass was made in and around the present-day Czech Republic during the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil era. Antique pieces in this genre most often consist of a classic vase form that has been hand-worked and sometimes deformed into swirling, organic-looking shapes like seashells, flowers, and tree trunks. Decorative vases, cups, and pitchers were popular forms, and many of the pieces have an iridescent sheen from the firing and reduction techniques used at the time.

The movement grew out of a rich tradition of Bohemian glass making, which goes back to the 16th and 17th centuries. But it was the Marmoriertes and Lithyalin glass of the mid-19th century that really paved the way for the iridescent Art Nouveau art glass that contemporary collectors are most familiar with. These types of “marbled” glass signaled a shift away from a study of form to an infatuation with surface treatments and techniques.

We have many wonderful examples of Art Glass throughout the People’s Store.