Fritz Heckert Glass Vase, ca. 1895
It was purchased by my mother about 30-some-odd years ago when we lived in Chicago. She bought it from a lady across the street who had a garage sale, and I think she paid five dollars for it. And it's been in her house ever since. No one's paid much attention to it.
It was made in Bohemia, in a place called Petersdorf. Petersdorf now is located in Germany, but at the time, Germany and Bohemia had these borders that kept changing around, but this particular part of Bohemia is now in Germany. The name of the company was called Fritz Heckert, and I didn't even have to turn it over. I knew that his little initials would be on the bottom of the vase, as would be his chief decorator, whose name was Max Rade.
Okay, that accounts for those initials that we didn't know what they were.
Exactly, exactly, and I'm just gonna show everybody. See how they look, they're right down here. What typifies this piece is this beautiful iridized surface and this beautiful enamel decoration, and what you have here is, it's pretty elaborate on this piece.
You have beautiful tulips in various stages of development, and then this is a typical motif that's used in Eastern European decoration on both pottery and glass. It's the stylized sunburst. In today's market, to people from other countries, they would probably pay between $1,500 and $2,000 for this piece of glass.
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