This example is a modern reproduction of a 1920s to 1930s green malachite glass vase in a grape harvest motif by Heinrich Hoffman, originally produced by the Czechoslovakian firm Hoffman & Son. The Art Deco era design features women harvesting grapes in the nude in dance-like poses. The original 1920s molds were used to make reproductions of this same vase in the 1950's and they are being used once again to make new reproductions in the Czech Republic today.
It can be difficult to tell new Czech glass from authentically old examples. Expect mold seams, bases and rims on old pieces to exhibit exceptional quality and have had fine hand polishing. But new pieces being made today are often as well finished, or almost as well finished, as original examples, with few exceptions. So, buying from a reputable dealer who will clearly state the age of the piece being purchased on their receipt is a good idea. If you examine the base shot of the vase in this listing you can see it shows absolutely no signs of wear where it should, if it were truly aged. So do look for honest signs of age in places where it should logically be present, even on a well-cared for item.
While this design is frequently offered in malachite in antique malls and shops, it is also available new in clear frosted glass, examples of which later tend to show up on the secondary market with forged Lalique marks.
For sizes available, new wholesale prices are in the $50 USD, and less, range. If later sold as 'old' at the retail markup price shown in this listing you can easily see why selling brand new items to collectors as 'authentic and old' originals can be a lucrative, if shady, business practice.
The example shown here measures 5 inches high and 3 3/4 inches wide.
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