This extensively researched volume on antique glass made in Bohemia puts American
art glass collectors on equal footing with their European counterpoints. Prior
to 1990 with the iron curtain surrounding Eastern Europe , research was all
but impossible for American historians and, Bohemian glass was essentially forgotten.
The authors traveled
to Czechoslovakia in 1991 to research the history of Bohemian glass. Up to this time most American thought of Bohemian glass as red stained glass with an engraved deer or castle on it. This volume greatly expands the definition of what is Bohemian glass. Here the reader will find an extensive text that describes the history and workings of the glass industry .Twenty-six firms and individuals are profiled. Including photographs ( 400 pieces of glass and 43 catalog pages). Maps, cross-referenced location names, and appendices provide the context for understanding how to identify Bohemian glass. The value guide at the end of the book is somewhat outdated as markets values change over time. This volume is a must for the beginning collector and should be in the reference library of any serious collector of Bohemian glass.
Reviewed by Ronn Perrin. August 2005
Collectible Bohemian Glass, Volume II, 1915-1945.
Truitt, Robert and Deborah
136p. Hard Cover. 1998. $39.95
This second volume on Bohemian glass continues the story of Bohemian glass making. It adds 600 more pieces of glass and 40 more catalog pages to the collectors store of information. Like its companion volume, Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940, it is extensively researched .The authors conducted on site visits in the Czech Republic at historical locations, museums, and interviews with the descendants of families involved in the glass industry. Information in this volume is organized by decorating technique, (i.e., cut, engraved, enameled, pressed etc).The glass factory or works that made the glass, years, and size are provided in addition to production techniques. Marks and signatures art illustrated and identified adding valuable information for the collector. The value guide at the end of the book is somewhat outdated as markets values change over time. The first volume mostly covered the Art Nouveau period. The focus of this second volume is the Art Deco period. It continues to expand the definition of Bohemian glass though the text and visual references .The reader is able come away with a much broader understanding of the connections between what is commonly referred to as Austrian, Bohemian, and Czech glass. Along with the first, this second volume is a must for the beginner and the advanced collector.
Reviewed by Ronn Perrin, August 2005.