Collecting Czech Art Glass
Czech art glass is commonly referred to as Bohemian glass. This has to do with the fact that this type of glass is produced in Bohemia, which is a region in the Czech Republic. Bohemian glass has been around since the 13th century, but it never really became a form of art until what was known as the Art Nouveau era. The Art Nouveau era took place in the 19th century and it was when the Bohemian sculptors of glass started adding aesthetic designs to their creations. This changed glass making from a simple form of craftsmanship into an artistic piece of work that would be admired for many generations to come.
There are many antique pieces of Czech art glass from this era that still exist today. Collectors of art glass from all around the world search heavily for 19th century Bohemian glass art because this is considered the revolutionary period for Czech art glass. Not only is it old, but the work that went into the creations of this period was like no other. The art glass was worked on by hand and turned into different shapes, like flowers or seashells. The Bohemians even made decorative glass vases that were used as pitchers or cups to hold water. If you ever attend an art auction in Europe then you are bound to see decorative glass pitchers from the Art Nouveau era being sold.
You have to be careful when buying Czech crystal Glass, especially if it is online through a website like eBay. There is a much higher risk of obtaining fraudulent copies of art glass or cheap designs from Asian countries, like China. Now it is true that you can buy carbon copied designs of Czech art glass, but if the sellers are honest they will tell you it is a copy in their description of the item. Make sure you always research where the item is coming from as well. If you are buying authentic Czech Glass then it should either be coming from a seller in the Czech Republic or from a reputable art dealer that has verifiable credentials. With the power of the internet, you should be able to research these credentials and look up reviews from other buyers that have dealt with a prospective dealer. Then you can make the right choice when spending a fair amount of money on a genuine piece of Czech glass art.