Learn about Bohemian Glass

Bohemian glass, famous for its beauty and colour, has been in production since the 13th century, aided by the abundant natural resources found in the countryside, including potash which combined with chalk created a clear glass, wood to fire the kilns, as well as limestone and silica.

Bohemia became part of Czechoslovakia from 1918, and from 1993, part of the Czech Republic, although the word 'Bohemia' and variations on it continued in use in labeling glass.

By the mid 18th century Bohemian glass dominated world production and in the 19th century Bohemia became the centre for production of new types of coloured glass, including hyalith, lithyaylin, annagrun and annagelb.

'Mary Gregory' glass, in popular belief originated from a lady by that name either in America that painted scenes of children on ruby, blue or green glass using a white enamel paint mixed with ground glass, actually originated in Bohemia, and was a major export in the mid and latter quarter of the 19th century.

Mary Gregory glass, like many glass items from Bohemia does not carry a permanent manufacturers mark. more...

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A pair of 19th century Bohemian cased glass vases with lustre drops, 32 cm high

Bohemian green glass vase, with gold floral overlay decoration, height 24 cm

Bohemian overlaid cranberry glass vase decorated with three gilt windows & raised enamelled flowers. Condition: good, minor wear to some gilding. Height 26.4 cm

A Curt Schlevogt Bohemian Malachite glass turtle jewellery box., Czech 20th century

A Bohemian green glass vase with enamel decoration, early 20th century, the cylindrical vase with a fluted rim, decorated to the body with gilt heightened trailing flora, the lower section with a mellifluous clear glass teardrop decor flowing to six petal

A striking Bohemian glass enamel decorated Salamander vase by Moser or Harrach, circa 1890. a mould blown green ewer with an internal rib and hollow base, having a mellifluous and undulating applied turquoise rim and well decorated with gilt enriched ename

Bohemian glass decanter and six stemmed glasses, with gilt and floral decoration

A three cranberry glass & gilt Bohemian vases, height 14 - 15.5 cm

A hand painted Bohemian green glass stemmed bowl with Ruffled edge, Dia. 31 cm, Ht. 21 cm

Six 19th century Bohemian overlay glass tumblers, three each with blue and red overlay, deeply cut with stylised floral and geometric designs. Height 8 cm

Attributed to Ludwig Moser, Bohemian Glass Vase, c. 1900, enamel and gilt painted with fish swimming amongst aquatic plants, height 20 cm

Two Bohemian ruby flash cut glass vases, height 19 cm approx

Bohemian 19th century cobalt amber glass vase with painted body raised enamel foliate pattern & gilt highlights, approx 13 cm high

Bohemian 19th century overlay shade, painted on ruby glass, approx 22 cm high, 31 cm diameter

A Bohemian glass enamel decorated vase, early to mid 20th century, a conical green vase upon a knopped pedestal base decorated with flowers, patterns and birds upon a gilt scroll decorated ground . Height 29.5 cm

A pair of Bohemian glass mantel vases with finely painted portraits, mid 19th century, 43 cm each

19th century Bohemian glass fluted goblet amethyst colour borders, faceted wheel cut sides, fluted body, includes etching of cornucopia, 12 cm high

Bohemian goblet glass painted gilt borders, fluted body 19th century, 11 cm high

19th century bohemian pedestal form wine glass, etched and hand painted foliate design, and guilding to edge, approx 11 cm high

19th century bohemian hexagonal form ruby glass, etching of cornucopia, triumphal horn etc, olurk approx 11 cm high

19th c. Bohemian glass cup with gilt highlights ruby glass in sectional form, approx 10.5 cm high

Bohemian glass with porcelain flower over windows, gold gilt on glass 19th c. Retaining retailer label to base, approx 11 cm high

Vintage Bohemian overlay glass comport 14.5 cm diameter & 17 cm high approx.

Bohemian overlay cased glass white cut to green painted decanters painted with floral motifs & gilt highlights. Condition: good, minor wear to the bases. Height 40 cm

Bohemian cobalt blue cut to clear glass lustre suite painted with gilt hightlights, each with eight crystal drops, with original 'Bohemia made in Czechoslovakia' sticker. Condition: good to fair, some paint losses, some chips to the bases. Height 2

A fancy c.1900 Bohemian glass casket box, rounded rectangular form, blue tint, highlighted with fine sculpted floral bouquets on elaborate gilt decoration ground, gilt metal mounts. 11 x 7 x 10 cm

A fine Art Deco Bohemian citrine glass vase, comb & cross thatched panels with floral central panel, hand painted, gilt rim, approx 15 cm high

A pair of Bohemian painted and overlaid green glass vases, each with diamond cut and floral painted cartouches to the body, beneath a cut-out rim, 38 cm high

A pair of 19th century Bohemian painted and overlaid clear glass vases, each with a diagonal cut glass stem, beneath an everted rim, 30.5 cm high

A collection of three 19th century Bohemian painted, gilt and overlaid lustre vases, including an overlaid and painted green glass vase, 33 cm high, an overlaid ruby glass vase, (two lustres detached), 31 cm high, and a clear glass vase with gilt highlight

Two bohemian malachite glass vases, 20th century, the tallest 25 cm high

A Bohemian glass dish raised on pedestal. C.1950. Height 6 cm diameter 14 cm

Volmer Bohemian cut ruby glass decanter decorated with trees, deer, a church & a bird, having a long fluted stem with a round well. condition good, small chip to the inside stopper, minor wear to the base. Height 36 cm

Bohemian cut glass gilt rimmed drinks suite comprising sixteen champagne flutes, seventeen red wines, sixteen white wines, seventeen champagne coupes, fourteen sherry glasses, seventeen port glasses, seventeen highball glasses, seventeen old fashioned glas

An unusual Bohemian cut glass and coloured glass obelisk, Circa 1900. 27 cm high

A Bohemian glass scent bottle with intaglio cut castle scene, circa 1860s. 7 cm

A group of six Mary Gregory cranberry glass vases, late 19th century, Bohemia, the tapering glasses, designed as three opposite pairs, each with an internal lobed decor and typically enamel decorated in white with boy and girl figures holding floral sprays