'Olympic Rings' Uranium Green Glass Art Deco Bowl by Libochovice circa 1936


This 1930s Art Deco press moulded glass bowl is amazing. Its round foot is a wonderful element for a bowl pattern of this size, which in turn provides a decorative and elevating feature paired with symmetrical style & stability.

It is a beautiful example of Art Deco press moulded glass, and is also a uranium green piece of perfection & excellence.

The bowl was designed & manufactured by Libochovice, Czechoslovakia circa 1936 and has been generically termed as being the 'Olympic Rings' pattern as the piece was undoubted produced and aimed for the market place of the Olympic Games held at Berlin,Germany that very same year.

This pattern type was available as a separate item as is here,or could also purchased at that time with a plinth and even a central flower-posy frog and/or also a figurative glass statue, however very few of these items were produced and/or sold and as such are exceptionally rare and sought after. Even these bowls are very far & few between.

Libochovice,achieved worldwide recognition for their contribution to press moulded glass,and their Art Deco glass in particular is of quality matched with style. The factory can be compared to and also in some cases even rival that of the fabulous items produced in Germany by factories such as Walther & Sohne and Brockwitz for example,and this beautiful bowl is no exception.

The bowl would have been produced using a three-part spring releasing mould, whilst the molten glass was introduced at very high levels of pressure. This ensured crisply defined moulded patterns to all decorated areas of the piece.

Libochovice,were masters in the field and so the three moulding lines which are evident upon the bowl are very much indeed an intended additional decorative element.

A continuous band of interlocking rings, form a chain-like pattern around the middle circumference, whilst further mouldings of stepped & raised bands compliment the lower section of the bowl and also the outer top rim. The above in itself makes for a superbly designed piece,but Libochovice went even further by providing a wonderfully moulded glass round pedestal foot,decorated with stylized foliage. This additional feature,firmly places this bowl into league of its own, and as an Olympic tribute, is a Gold Medal Winner.

The interior of the bowl has been highly fire-polished whilst all other surfaces have been wonderfully matt-sating frosted.

The Uranium qualities of the glass, as can be seen, are also breath taking when lit with UV black light and with an impressive diameter of 7.75 inches it is a marvellous addition to a collection or any interior display, coupled of course with use.

One tap of finger nail and the bowl rings like a bell (a further sign of quality) and save for the tiniest of all nicks to the inner-top rim (and I mean the word 'tiniest') this piece is in fabulous condition.

This is a worthy addition to an assembly of Art Deco and keen collectors of Libochovice glass in particular, will instantly recognise this bowl as the scarcity that it is.

Height: 4 inches Foot diameter: 4 inches Widest diameter: 7.75 inches Top diameter: 7 inches Postage weight: 2k

Item ID: JJ645

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