Another star in the international glassmaking firmament has traditionally been the Bohemians—Czechs in particular, but others in the greater Austro-Hungarian world. The rose crystal liquor service, shown above, was made by (then) Czechoslovakian glassmaker Karl Palda in the 1930’s. The Art Deco style was very popular in Prague during this productive period of glassmaking—and superior Czech artisans found welcome markets in Western Europe and America. A liquor service such as this one—comprising a decanter, its stopper and eight individual glasses—might have graced the smartest of bar carts in London, Paris or New York.
More newly-acquired vintage glassware tomorrow and the next day.