Searching for Glass
New 4 to 6 glass figurines from the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) have been made since the early 1990s. Those pieces were fairly simple and the majority were generic figures of clowns, sailors and musicians.
Jadite, pale green opaque glass, has been widely reproduced since mid-1999. Now, new Jadite in kitchen shapes are appearing with vintage-styled decals and lettering. Among the pieces available are butter dishes, shakers, mortars, sugars, creamers, cup and flower pot.
The so-called Lovers Stein also called Wedding Stein, and the similar Elf stein have been reproduced from the original Westmoreland Glass mold for a number of years. New pieces from the same mold are now being made with tooled spouts and sold as pitchers. No original pitchers in these patterns have ever been found.
A group of confusing new apothecary bottles and jars are on the market. Not only are the new pieces hand finished like old examples, but also carry artificially aged paper labels with simulated pen and ink handwriting and 19th century dates.
Covered glass dishes are a popular collectible. Pieces can be collected by subject (animals, flowers, etc) or by glass type (milk glass, cobalt blue, etc). Because they have such a wide appeal, antique covered glass dishes are frequently reproduced.
A national mail-order catalog is now selling a new version of an Art Deco classic, the figural glass Saturn lamp. This design was originally introduced at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933. Both originals and the reproductions are made of matte finish glass with air brushed designs of crescents and stars on the top half of the planet. Original hardware, such as the finial, and base-to-shade connector, is virtually always nickle plated brass. These parts on new lamps are shiny brass. New lamps are only offered with blue designs on pink glass and blue designs on clear glass. Retail price of new lamps once went for around, $79. Height of both new and old about 11.
Kugel is the name of heavy glass Christmas ornaments that were made in Germany from as early as 1840 to the early 1900s. Although the word kugel means round ball in German, original kugels were also made in the shape of grapes, apples, pears, pine cones, berries, tear drops and balls with melon-style ribs.
When forgeries of million dollar fine art are uncovered, the general media run banner headlines and bombard us with video of grim experts with shaking heads. If a particularly prominent museum or celebrity has been skewered, the story may even crowd out British royalty and make the tabloids. However, the daily loss due to fakes in decorative arts - like antique art glass - probably dwarfs the dollar amount lost on new Van Goghs and Rembrandts.
Reproduction cobalt blue glasses with white enamel decoration: 3 3/4 high juice glass, left; 4 high tumbler, right.
This 13 tall lead crystal compote is constructed like Victorian glassware. The figural nude pedestal is attached while hot to a separately shaped bowl above and a thick flat base below. Matching 9 figural candlesticks are also available.