Chribska Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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The Chřibská glassworks, full name Sklarna Chřibská, was founded in 1414, in the town of Chřibská, which was originally part of Bohemia, and became part of Czechoslovakia in 1919. The factory was known as the oldest glassworks in Europe, until its closure in 2007. In 1882 it was bought by the Mayer family, who ran things until World War II. When communism arrived in the country around 1950, many factories were nationalised, and Chřibská became part of the Borske Sklo National Corporation. At this time Josef Hospodka joined the factory, at first running the glassmaking school at Chřibská, and then becoming head designer at Borske Sklo and Chřibská from 1958-1970. During this period, Josef produced many organic, sculptural blown glass designs, which proved very popular, and many of his designs remained in production until the factory closed in 2007. In 1970, Josef left to become headmaster of a glass school at Kamenicy Senov until 1985, when he returned to the Chřibská factory as a designer, until his death in 1989. Chřibská was privatised in 1993, the new owner being Jiri Cerny, with Zdena Jobova as designer.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson, & Hi Sklo Lo Sklo by Mark Hill.

There are several Chřibská catalogues available online (see bottom of page) which date to between 1970 - 1999. The catalogues include pattern numbers, but no information on designers, however several designs are also featured in issues of the Czech Glass Revue, and earlier issues of these list Josef Hospodka as designer. It is likely that most if not all of the pieces shown below, were designed by Josef, but we have only included his name in those designs that can be confirmed in issues of Czech Glass Revue or elsewhere. Pattern numbers are made up of three sections, the first being the pattern range, the second being the shape number from that range, and the third being the size, in centimetres, of the longest dimension (height for vases and baskets, width for bowls). Not all available shapes, colours and sizes were shown in each catalogue. The size section of the pattern numbers shown below may differ slightly from those listed in the catalogues, as sizes can obviously vary, and we have used the sizes of the items in our possession.

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Chribska Czech Blue & Green Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A blue and green glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Blue & Green Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A blue and green glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 240/1/20. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Pink & Orange Glass Organic Sculpture Vase

A pink and orange glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 240/1/20. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Vintage Pink & Orange Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A pink and orange glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 119/3/24. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Vintage Green & Orange Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

An orange and green glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 296/1/26. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Green & Orange Glass Vase/Bowl by Josef Hospodka

An orange and green glass ashtray bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 145/5/15. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue, and issue 11 of the 1958 Czech Glass Review.

Chribska Czech Green & Yellow Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A green and yellow glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 296/4/13. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Pink & Green Glass Organic Sculpture Vase

A pink and green glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 362/4/14. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue, and issue 10 of the 1979 Czech Glass Review.

1960's Chribska Glass Sculpture Vase by Josef Hospodka

An orange and pink glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 242/3/20. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Blue/Amber Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A yellow and blue glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 240/4/16. Shown in a 1970's and 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Purple/Blue Glass Vase by Josef Hospodka

A purple and blue glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 331/4/14. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Blue Glass Sculpture Vase by Josef Hospodka

A blue and green glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 290/4/17. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

1960's Chribska Glass Sculpture Vase by Josef Hospodka

A green and pink glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 296/4/19. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

1960's Chribska Glass Sculpture Vase by Josef Hospodka

A green and blue glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Pink Glass Basket Bowl/Vase - Labelled

A pink glass basket shaped bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 331/6/13. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue. Labelled.

Chribska Czech Blue/Pink Glass Vase/Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A pink and blue glass basket shaped bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 296/6/18. Shown in a 1970's and 1999 Chřibská catalogue, and issue 10 of the 1979 Czech Glass Review.

LARGE Chribska Czech Vintage Pink & Green Glass Vase

A white, green and pink glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 316/1/35. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Vintage Pink & Green Glass Organic Vase

A white, green and pink glass vase, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 316/4/16. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Vintage Pink & Green Glass Sculpture Bowl

A white, green and pink glass ashtray bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 316/5/23. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Vintage Blue & Green Glass Sculpture Bowl

A white, green and blue glass ashtray bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern range 316.

Chribska Czech Green & Pink Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and pink glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 231/2/29. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Pink Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A pink glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 422/4/18. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue, and larger version is shown in issue 9 of the 1986 Czech Glass Review.

Chribska Czech Blue & Orange Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A blue and orange glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Pink & Green Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and pink glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 373/2/30. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Green/Amber Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and amber glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 296/5/30. Shown in a 1970's and 1999 Chřibská catalogue, and issue 10 of the 1979 Czech Glass Review.

Chribska Czech Pink & Purple Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A purple and pink glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 240/5/20, designed by Josef Hospodka. Shown in a 1970's Chřibská catalogue, and issue 12 of the 1969 Czech Glass Review.

Chribska Czech Pink & Orange Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A pink and orange glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, designed by Josef Hospodka, pattern number 238/5/14. Shown in issue 12 of the 1964 Czech Glass Review.

Chribska Czech Green & Orange Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and orange glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Blue & Green Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and blue glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Blue & Green Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A blue and green glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 297/5/18. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

1960's Chribska Glass Sculpture Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and amber glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 290/4/38. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Green + Blue Glass Bowl by Josef Hospodka

A green and blue glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 150/4/15. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska #127/5/14 Czech Pink & Orange Glass Ashtray Bowl

A pink and orange glass bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 127/5/15. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.

Chribska Czech Vintage Amber + Blue Glass Bowl / Ashtray

An amber and blue glass bowl / ashtray, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska Czech Amber + Blue Glass Basket Vase/Bowl

An amber and blue glass basket shaped bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks.

Chribska #115/5/15 Czech Pink & Orange Glass Ashtray Bowl

A pink and orange glass ashtray bowl, made by the Chřibská glassworks, pattern number 115/5/15. Shown in a 1999 Chřibská catalogue.


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References

For more information on Chribska glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Hi Sklo Lo Sklo: 1950s-70s Czech Glass Design from Masterpiece to Mass-produced | ISBN 978-0955286537


SKLO: Czech Glass Design from the 1950s-70s | ISBN 978-0992968922


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

Websites

www.cs-sklo.cz - Great website by Jindřich Pařík with lots of catalogues from Bohemian / Czech glass manufacturers, including: