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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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

A group of three ruby Flash glass decanters with five petite stem glasses, late 19th century, Bohemian, the long necked tapering decanters with faceted stoppers and frosted grapevine decoration to the body, the stem glasses with shaped cartouches and decor

An enamel decorated black glass vase, later 19th century, probably Bohemian, the baluster vase with a trumpet neck and pedestal foot, decorated with a lily bloom, buds and foliage, white enamel beading to the gilded rims and foot rim; numeral 12 underside.

An enamel decorated turquoise glass vase, later 19th century, probably Bohemian, the baluster vase with a waisted neck and foot having an internal lobed decor and well decorated with pelargonium flowers and foliage in pink and green hues, a floral garland

Two Mary Gregory glass mugs and a Mary Gregory beaker, 19th century, Bohemian, two turquoise blue mugs, the smaller with an internal ribbed decor and an applied amber handle, and a cobalt blue tapering beaker, all typically decorated in white enamel with b

Three Mary Gregory glass wares and a glass salt, late 19th century, Bohemian, two cranberry glass beakers both with boy figures, one bearing a floral spray and the other a drummer boy, an amethyst waisted Mary Gregory vase decorated with a boy figure, and

A pair of Bohemian flashed glass beaker vases, 19th century, the waisted beaker vases flashed with deep amber, having lens cuts above horizontal ribs and continuous slender flutes below tapering to a polished pontil. Height 18 cm.

A Bohemian cranberry glass cameo medallion vase, 19th century, the slender form baluster vase with a trumpet neck and elongated stopper raised on a pedestal base, decorated with a finely painted portrait medallion of a young woman, the body decorated with

Two red Bohemian glass lidded bon bon dishes decorated with gilt and floral decoration, height 23 cm approx (tallest)

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