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Retro 1960s Czech pale yellow / citrine tapered glass vase by František Zemek for Zelezny Brod (Bohemia) - table or wedding centerpiece

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Stunning vintage Czech Zelezny Brod glass vase, made in citrine glass with applied blue and green glass lobes. This flower vase is a perfect table centerpiece for your home or wedding.

This iconic item was designed by František Zemek for the Zelezny Brod glassworks in Czechoslovakia in the 1960's.

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The vase is:

21cm (8 inches) high;
12cm (5 inches) wide;
9cm (3.5 inches) deep;
and weighs 650g (1.5 pounds).

This design was shown in "Modern Bohemian Glass" by Josef Raban. The design has curved organic forms (typical of 1950s and 60s) but also hints at machinery, reminiscent of a screw or propeller (Miller's Collectables).

It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, scratches or bruises.
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A little history about the item (for those who are interested!)

During the communist occupation of Czechoslovakia a huge array of beautiful and innovative pieces were designed and produced. Due to the closed door nature of communism, many of these pieces are only now being discovered and documented.

The vase being sold here is from the Zelezny Brod glassworks, which was also known as Železnobrodské Sklo (ZBS). It consisted of 9 factories in the town of Zelezny Brod, Czechoslovakia.

František Zemek designed the piece and is renowned for his progressive style. Frantisek (1913-60) is arguably one of the lost great names in 20th century glass design, and was key to the development of hot-worked glass in Czechoslovakia.

Starting his career as a glass cutter for the Inwald group, he went on to study at the Zelezny Brod glass school, and then under the renowned Professor Karel Stipl. He worked at the Chrìbska factory in 1949, followed by the Zelezny Brod factory from 1952-57. He was also concurrently the head designer for the Mstisov factory from 1956-59. His early death in a motorcycle accident in 1960 cut off what looked to be a promising career, given his influence in the 1950s.

His most notable designs produced on a large scale were the multi-coloured ‘Rhapsody’ of 1956 & 60, and the green and blue ‘Harmony’ of 1959, but he also produced cut designs for Moser, and pressed designs for Hermanova. All were exported across the world. Today, his work is typically mis-attributed to factories on Murano, but things are changing and his contribution is beginning to be recognised.

This particular vase, devised in 1957, is an early example of his designs and was deemed important enough to be included by Josef Raban in his landmark book ‘Modern Bohemian Glass’, published in 1963. As well as being typical of Zemek’s hot-worked designs with its curving, organic form and applied trails, it also hints at machinery with its resemblance to propellers and spun screw threads. For its date, as well as for its country of origin, this design is highly Modern and progressive.

(Information about František Zemek from MarkHillPublishing.com)

We hope you found the information interesting and if you have anything to add, please let us know as we are always interested to learn more.

Please feel free to get in contact to ask any questions or to find out about any other Vintage Glass items.

We can identify or source pieces that we do not have in stock. Our items all have great vintage design and are ideal for retro vintage looks in a vintage home, vintage interior, vintage store or even a vintage wedding!

Thanks for visiting us at the The Vintage Glass Shop!
Stunning vintage Czech Zelezny Brod glass vase, made in citrine glass with applied blue and green glass lobes. This flower vase is a perfect table centerpiece for your home or wedding.

This iconic item was designed by František Zemek for the Zelezny Brod glassworks in Czechoslovakia in the 1960's.

************************************************************************
Now offering FREE UK DELIVERY on all our products

************************************************************************

The vase is:

21cm (8 inches) high;
12cm (5 inches) wide;
9cm (3.5 inches) deep;
and weighs 650g (1.5 pounds).

This design was shown in "Modern Bohemian Glass" by Josef Raban. The design has curved organic forms (typical of 1950s and 60s) but also hints at machinery, reminiscent of a screw or propeller (Miller's Collectables).

It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, scratches or bruises.
--------------------------------------

A little history about the item (for those who are interested!)

During the communist occupation of Czechoslovakia a huge array of beautiful and innovative pieces were designed and produced. Due to the closed door nature of communism, many of these pieces are only now being discovered and documented.

The vase being sold here is from the Zelezny Brod glassworks, which was also known as Železnobrodské Sklo (ZBS). It consisted of 9 factories in the town of Zelezny Brod, Czechoslovakia.

František Zemek designed the piece and is renowned for his progressive style. Frantisek (1913-60) is arguably one of the lost great names in 20th century glass design, and was key to the development of hot-worked glass in Czechoslovakia.

Starting his career as a glass cutter for the Inwald group, he went on to study at the Zelezny Brod glass school, and then under the renowned Professor Karel Stipl. He worked at the Chrìbska factory in 1949, followed by the Zelezny Brod factory from 1952-57. He was also concurrently the head designer for the Mstisov factory from 1956-59. His early death in a motorcycle accident in 1960 cut off what looked to be a promising career, given his influence in the 1950s.

His most notable designs produced on a large scale were the multi-coloured ‘Rhapsody’ of 1956 & 60, and the green and blue ‘Harmony’ of 1959, but he also produced cut designs for Moser, and pressed designs for Hermanova. All were exported across the world. Today, his work is typically mis-attributed to factories on Murano, but things are changing and his contribution is beginning to be recognised.

This particular vase, devised in 1957, is an early example of his designs and was deemed important enough to be included by Josef Raban in his landmark book ‘Modern Bohemian Glass’, published in 1963. As well as being typical of Zemek’s hot-worked designs with its curving, organic form and applied trails, it also hints at machinery with its resemblance to propellers and spun screw threads. For its date, as well as for its country of origin, this design is highly Modern and progressive.

(Information about František Zemek from MarkHillPublishing.com)

We hope you found the information interesting and if you have anything to add, please let us know as we are always interested to learn more.

Please feel free to get in contact to ask any questions or to find out about any other Vintage Glass items.

We can identify or source pieces that we do not have in stock. Our items all have great vintage design and are ideal for retro vintage looks in a vintage home, vintage interior, vintage store or even a vintage wedding!

Thanks for visiting us at the The Vintage Glass Shop!

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