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 Loetz Art Nouveau iridescent glass vase, Bohemian, circa 1900. 20.5 cm

A Loetz 'Tango' glass vase with aventurine, Bohemian, early 20th century. 18 cm

A Bohemian 'Knuckle' ruby glass vase by Josef Hoffmann, circa 1910. 22.5 cm

A pair of Bohemian ruby cased glass lustres. Modern, each with a thistle shape scalloped bowl upon a waisted pedestal to a stepped circular base, with cut patterns and designs, and having eight spear shaped prisms. Height 26.5 cm

A Bohemian overlaid cranberry glass comport, 19th century. Persian inspired, the chalice form comport with eight mihrab shaped petals to the rim above arched white glass panels alternating diamond forms with handpainted floral bouquets, raised on a conical

A pair of Bohemian cased glass lustre vases. 20th century, in cobalt overlaid with white, the shallow tazze form lustres each with a shaped stem to a domed base, with repeat slice cuts and rose and forget-me-not painted borders and decorations with gilt en

Pair of Bohemian, finely cut & engraved, flashed glass goblets, c.1850. Decorated with engraved hunting theme deer scenes. Height 28.5 cm

A Bohemian deer etched amber cut glass goblet and cover, 19th century, 30 cm high. Provenance: The Collection of Sir Tristan and Lady Antico, Sydney

Decanter & glass set. Bohemian overlay glass clear, green & white with six glasses (one A/F)

An unusual Bohemia amber and white cased glass cologne 15 cm high

An exceptional quality mid-nineteenth century Bohemia ruby-cased glass lidded bowl hand-decorated with floral bouquets and songbirds.

A tall cut blue cased glass vase, Bohemian, circa 1920, 35 cm high, 18 cm diameter

A pair of Bohemian purple glass and gilt vases, 19th century, the slender conical vases with a spiral knopped stem to a clear stepped domed base, well decorated with gilt paste scrolls, tendrils and trailing floral motifs. Height 33 cm

A pair of Bohemian ruby cased glass lustres. Modern, each with a thistle shape scalloped bowl upon a waisted pedestal to a stepped circular base, with cut patterns and designs, and having eight spear shaped prisms. Height 26.5 cm

An ornate gilded cobalt glass jug in the Bohemian style, 20th century, the tall tapering jug with a looped handle richly gilded with shaped reserves, scrolls, beadwork and lattice in gilt paste, and encrusted to both sides with painted porcelain bunches of

Three art deco glass vases most likely Moser & Bohemian, early to mid 20th century. Tallest 19.5 cm

A Bohemian satin glass trinket box, later 19th century. of globular form and hinged with a low dome lid, decorated with a shepherdess surrounded with flowers and gilt paste to a lemon ground; the lower body also with a frieze of flowers. Height 8.5 cm. Dia

A Bohemian Desna malachite glass 'Harvest' vase, depicting a procession of nudes harvesting grapevines, 13 cm high.

A Bohemian ruby glass footed vase and a pair of vases, 19th century, the cup style vase overlaid with white glass flower forms to the stem and base with four cameo medallions well painted with a female portrait and bouquets of summer flowers, profusely gil

A Bohemian ruby glass tazza, 19th century, the shaped tazza raised on a tapering stem, the bowl with overlaid cameo medallions finely painted with female portraits and bouquets of summer blooms, profusely gilded with scrolls and tendrils throughout. Height

Bohemian hand painted glass vase, with three feet, with raised floral decoration

Bohemian overlay glass beaker vase with floral enamel decoration

A blue malachite glass jewel box with dancing figures on the finial, Bohemian glass with gilt metal mount, circa 1930s. 13.5 cm high

Bohemian ruby glass pair of lustres having drawn columns rising from round bases, with gilded floral decoration & slender, well-cut spears. Condition good, minor wear to the bases. Height 30.2 cm

A pair of cobalt blue Bohemia glass mantle vases with enamelled classical figures and gilt decoration. A/F

A German engraved Bohemian glass beaker, circa 1830, of faceted form with engraved cartouche 'Gesundheit Gluck Und Freude Verlungert Das Leben' 'Health Happiness and Joy Prolongs life', 14 cm high

A suite of Bohemian crystal, circa 1910 (15). A suite of Bohemian crystal, circa 1910 comprising two wine glasses, four coupes, seven liqueur glasses and two sherry glasses, all monogrammed in gilt 'NM', all supported on spreading circular bases (15) the w

A pair Moser style, Bohemian, cut crystal and overlay glass lustres, early 20th century, with gilt and painted floral decoration. Height 25 cm

Bohemian 24 carat gold rimmed glass Drink suite comprising thirteen white wine glasses, seven red wine glasses, nine brandy glasses, seven port glasses & seventeen tumblers.

A Czech Art Deco blue malachite glass vase, c.1930's. Manufactured by Curt Schlevogt, Bohemia, the 'Ingrid Vase' designed by Arthur Plewa, having four semi nude Deco stylised figures, moulded in glass relief. Height 24 cm

A Bohemian blue glass Liquer set decanter & six glasses, jug, cup, saucer and plate with applied enamel flowers & gilt.

A Bohemian painted and gilt ruby glass covered comport, 19th century. 39.5 cm high

A collection of six etched and gilded Bohemia glass wine goblets, 19th century, the tallest 21 cm high

A Victorian Bohemian glass toilet water bottle, in the form of a bell, with ruby glass, gilding and white enamel decoration. Height 20 cm

A pair of cobalt blue Bohemia glass mantle vases with enamelled classical figures and gilt decoration.

A pair of Bohemian etched glass vases yellow cased glass, etched with repeating classical style scenes, 30 cm high

A Victorian Mary Gregory footed glass vase, 19th century, Bohemian, a cranberry egg shaped vase with an internal rib design having a waisted neck and raised on tripod twig form gilded clear glass feet, the body with the white enamel image of a young boy en

Bohemian 1960’s glass bullet shaped vase, blue and white cased glass. Height 26 cm