The Intimate History of Miniature Perfume Bottles

Tiny Tray for petite perfume bottles

We humans love surprises, secrets, the mystique of hidden treasure and sudden delights to the senses; it is little wonder, then, that the miniature and wearable perfume bottles of old hold such thrill and fascination for their collectors. While many of those heavily invested in collecting antique perfume bottles focus on the large (and obviously […]

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Kralik Glass: No Pale Imitator

kralik glass

Today, we take a dim view of imitation in the world of manufacturing. “Knockoffs” are branded unoriginal, uninspired, flimsier versions of the original. In the long-ago Kingdom of Bohemia, however, imitation truly flattered Loetz when Kralik glassworks decided to jump on the Jugendstil bandwagon in the late 1800s, mimicking the art glass techniques Loetz had […]

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Diamonds in the Rough: The Rise and Fall of Sowerby Glassworks

Sowerby glass shoe

Carnival glass, famous for the iridescent oily-rainbow shimmer that dances colours wildly across its surface, was once one of the most popular forms of decorative glass on Earth, produced on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. It was beloved in the early 20th century not merely for emulating the more expensive iridescent blown glass of Tiffany […]

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Loetz Glass: Jewels of Bohemia – The Art Nouveau Glass of Loetz Witwe

loetz glass

The freedom of spirit and expression that is immediately called to mind when one hears the word “Bohemia”—gypsies traipsing through wild lands in colourful dress, eschewing the trappings of money and classism to embrace music and adventure—is a natural fit with the principles of Art Nouveau, which championed a return to nature in its embrace […]

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