20th-Century Rindskopf Glass Fan Vase
Appraised Value: $350 - $450
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (2:30)
Lillian Nassau, LLC
GUEST: I inherited this vase from my mother-in-law, and she had always had it as long as I knew her. And I really do not know where she got... I'm assuming she inherited it. But I've just enjoyed having it. It looks lovely with tulips. But I really know nothing about it.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a very interesting piece. Around the turn of the century, somewhere around 1900 to 1905, there was a lot of green iridescent art glass made in Bohemia. And quite a bit of it was made for export, and it wasn't signed. So over the years, people who specialize in art glass have had a hard time identifying these pieces mainly because there isn't a lot of reference material on it. I conferred with my colleagues at the glass table, and we thought that it might have been made by a company called Pallme-Konig, but then we started to do a little more research and realized that it was made by a company called Rindskopf. It was a company based in Bohemia. The Rindskopf family had a number of factories, and the factory that was located at Tischau, T-I-S-C-H-A-U, was the factory that produced the Art Nouveau glassware such as this. Made for export, and probably hundreds, maybe even thousands of pieces left Bohemia that looked something like this. What enabled us to identify this piece was the surface decoration, because we knew that Pallme-Konig did not make a surface decoration that looked like this, nor did Loetz, which is considered to be the more famous and the more valuable art glass maker in Austria at that particular time. I would estimate that it was made probably between 1900 and 1905. If this vase were sold in a gallery, the retail price would be $350 to $450. But it's the kind of thing that it's very appealing to people because of its shape. This is a very desirable form. So you should enjoy it.
GUEST: You told me you put tulips in it? I do. I put tulips and now I can... I was afraid that it might be so valuable I couldn't use it, but I can continue to put my tulips in it.
APPRAISER: You can use it, but make sure you change the water often.
This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.