Romanian Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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This section of the encyclopaedia is for Romanian glass. There is a surprising amount of vintage glassware, found in the UK and elsewhere, that is often mistaken for Italian/Murano glass, but was in fact made in Romania. Labelled examples can be found with three different spellings, which is helpful for dating. Labels that read "Made in Roumania" or "Made in Rumania", date to before 1975. After 1975 the English spelling for the country was changed, and very similar labels can be found that read "Made in Romania". Therefore, items that bare these labels can be dated to approximately 1970's. Information on Romanian glass factories is hard to come by, but two factories that are known to have produced the popular glass fish and other items, are: Pădurea Neagră (Black Forest), in operation 1841 - 1996, and Tomeşti, approx 1820 - 1990. Another Romanian glass factory that I have come across while researching is Prodcomplex, which used labels that read "Prodcomplex, Tirgu-Mures". Tirgu-Mures (also spelled Târgu Mureș) is the town in Romania where the factory was located.

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LABELLED Romanian HUGE Retro Multicoloured Glass Fish Sculpture

A Romanian blue, white, yellow and red speckled glass fish sculpture, with import label.

LABELLED Romanian HUGE Retro Multicoloured Glass Fish Sculpture

"Made in Rumania" import label (pre 1975 spelling).

LABELLED Romanian Retro Blue & White Glass Fish Sculpture

A Romanian blue and white striped glass fish sculpture. Has "Made in Rumania" import label.

Romanian Retro Blue & White Speckled Glass Vase

A Romanian blue & white speckled glass vase.

Romanian Vintage Retro Red, Blue & White Speckled Glass Vase

A Romanian blue, white, and dark red speckled glass vase, with import label.

Romanian Vintage Retro Red, Blue & White Speckled Glass Vase

Label reads "Hand Made by Craftsmen, Foreign"

LABELLED Romanian Retro Blue, Red & White Glass Basket Bowl

A Romanian blue, white and red speckled glass basket. Has "Made in Rumania" import label.

Romanian Vintage Retro Red, Blue & White Glass Basket Bowl

A Romanian blue, white and red speckled glass basket.

LABELLED Romanian Vintage Blue, Green & Red Glass Ashtray Bowl

A Romanian blue, green, yellow and red glass ashtray, labelled.

LABELLED Romanian Vintage Blue, Green & Red Glass Ashtray Bowl

"Made in Rumania" import label. (pre 1975 spelling).

Romanian Vintage Blue, Green, Red & Yellow Glass Ashtray Bowl

A Romanian blue, green, yellow and red glass ashtray.

Romanian Vintage Retro Green, Red & Yellow Glass Ashtray Bowl

A Romanian green, yellow and red glass ashtray.

LABELLED Romanian Blue, Green & Yellow Glass Cockerel Bowl

A Romanian blue, green, yellow and clear striped glass cockerel sculpture. Has "Made in Romania" import label.

LABELLED Romanian Blue, Green & Yellow Glass Cockerel Bowl

"Made in Romania" import label. (post 1975 spelling).

LABELLED Romanian Brown, Green & Black Glass Basket Bowl

A Romanian blue, green, yellow and clear striped glass basket shaped sculpture, labelled.

LABELLED Romanian Brown, Green & Black Glass Basket Bowl

"Made in Rumania" import label. (pre 1975 spelling).

LABELLED Romanian Retro Blue, Red & White Glass Basket Bowl

A Romanian blue, red and white glass basket shaped sculpture. Made by the Prodcomplex factory. Has "Made in Romania" import label. Can also be found with a label that reads "Prodcomplex, Tirgu-Mures".

LABELLED Romanian Retro Red & Clear Glass Basket Bowl

A Romanian red and clear glass basket shaped sculpture. Has "Made in Romania" import label.

LABELLED Romanian Red Glass Vintage Bowl / Ashtray

A Romanian red and clear glass ashtray bowl. Has "Made in Rumania" import label.

Scandinavian Style Vintage Blue Cased Hooped Glass Romanian Vase

A blue cased glass Scandinavian style hooped vase, made in Romania or Japan. I was recently shown images of a vase the exact same shape and colour as this one, with a label that reads "Napcoware Import - Japan". It seems maybe one factory copied another, or purchased the moulds from the other.

Scandinavian Style Retro Green Hooped Glass Romanian Vase

A Romanian green glass Scandinavian style hooped vase, with "Made in Roumania" import label.

Scandinavian Style Retro Green Hooped Glass Romanian Vase

"Made in Roumania" import label (pre 1975 spelling).

Scandinavian Style Vintage Blue Hooped Glass Romanian Vase

A Romanian blue glass Scandinavian style hooped vase.

Scandinavian Style Retro Blue Cased Hooped Glass Romanian Vase

A blue cased glass Scandinavian style hooped vase, made in Romania or Japan.


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Websites

www.allorigine.it/peste_de_sticla/ - Interesting article on Romanian glassware.
www.mutermek.com/kiss_miklos/ - Blog by a designer from the Prodcomplex factory.