ANTONIN RÜCKL & SONS 1919-1939
Including WILHELM KRALIK & SONS Czech Glass
Ruckl Attributions: Based on recent acquisitions and identifications
This page is new, October 2019, and the culmination of 5 years of study, purchasing Czech hot furnace interwar Art glass, and the evolution that entails. As you can be more definite with glass pieces in hand.
The span of time that Ruckl produced other kinds of glass as well as their well known cut crystal pieces is short, from 1920 to 1938. We call this the interwar period. Here some decors are known already as Ruckl.
They continued production for the German war effort till 1945, then were governed by the USSR state business bureau, who decided ventually to allow them to return to their high quality cut crystal products. They still exist today under new ownership, and a new direction, in a Democratic Czech Republic since 1992.
I have amassed a huge number of images and information relating to this glass. It is very satisfying to be able to confirm some of my ideas and beliefs. Of course, the reverse has also happened, where other directions did not lead to a positive conclusion.
Many people have spent great effort and expense to do this identification. In spite of that, time and the loss of important documentation has made it impossible to have results that would have added value and understanding for these glass products of great creativity, quality and unique designs.
The first piece is a rounded bowl, in the blue shimmy pfau decor, with magenta spatter on base. The unique discovery is that these bowl had a matching plinth in black glass, where the small foot rest would be inserted. This explains a lot about the Ruckl bowls in general, because many have these small foot rests, but no plinth. In fact some were considered lamp shades because of this. We have 8 Ruckl decors in the same shape here.