Bohemian/Czechoslovakian, est. 1712
Beaker, c. 1850
156 x 92 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt in memory of Professor Ferdinand Eckhardt and Mrs. Wilhelmine Eckhardt, Vienna, Austria
In 1992 the WAG received a generous gift of Bohemian glass from former WAG director Ferdinand Eckhardt. Largely comprised of drinking vessels, this group of 66 works spans almost a century of production (1750–1850) and a variety of techniques and decorative finishes. These two examples from the Harrach factory are characteristic of fine-coloured and enamelled glass produced in Bohemia in the nineteenth century. Already highly regarded for their engraving abilities, the Bohemian factories were also at the forefront of the development of stained, coloured cased glass as evidenced in the vibrant passages of red and blue on the WAG pieces. Karl Pfohl, one of Bohemia’s best-known glass engravers, has been identified as the artist responsible for the beautifully executed, lively scenes decorating these beakers.