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Carlo Burschel | Heinz Scheiffele
One-of-a-kind and mass-produced art glass from the 1920s to the 1950s
200 pages, 24 x 30 cm. 150 illustrations and 163 reproductions from original company catalogues. Hardback.Text in English and German.
ISBN: 978-3-89790-189-6
With contemporary advertising and sales catalogues as its sources, the present publication represents the first exhaustive survey of the Ikora and Myra lines in glass produced between the 1920s and 1950s by the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG (WMF) at Geislingen/Steige. At the instigation of the then WMF director general, Hugo Debach, WMF had been making high-quality art glass (called ‘Unika pieces’, indicating that they were one-of-a-kind) as well as lines in mass-produced art glass (Ikora and Myra). First presented to the public to great acclaim at the Württembergisches Landesmuseum in Stuttgart by museum director G. E. Pazaurek, these pieces are now much sought after as valuable collector’s items. The present publication not only deals exhaustively with the history of this glass but also provides aficionados and collectors of Ikora and Myra glass for the first time with a complete catalogue of WMF products. The availability of this information makes it possible, first, to distinguish from the original later glass made in imitation of WMF glass by rival competitors and, second, to identify accurately each piece of Ikora or Myra glass. Hundreds of illustrations showing Ikora and Myra glass as well as explanatory texts written by distinguished specialists in this hitherto insufficiently published field make the present book a standard work that will be indispensable to collectors and lovers of glass alike.
Further, the following book is available::WMF Ikora Metallwork
WMF Ikora métall I métalwork
Burschel C. - Scheiffele H. - Arnolds
Pub year : 2006                                      
Pages : 264                                          
Language : Anglais Allemand
ISBN : 3 89790 191 9
S : 23cmX31cm
Pictures : 530
Includes colors : 230
Binding : Relié
Marks : oui
EAN : 9783897901919
This publication draws on sales catalogues and advertising brochures documenting the entire range of Ikora metalwork produced by WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, Geislingen) from the early 1920s until the 1960s.
Even during the first world war, Hugo Debach, who would later become director-general of WMF, took the initiative in having experiments conducted in chemical and thermal tinting of metals. Shortly before 1927 he founded the Neue Kunstgewerbliche Abteilung (NKA: New Division for the Applied Arts) at WMF for upgrading metals. The brilliant colours and the boundless possibilities for design arising from this new technique met with resounding success at the time. Now pieces of Ikora metalwork by WMF are coveted and valuable collector’s items. The name ‘Ikora’, borrowed from a plant with brilliantly-hued flowers endemic to south-east Asia and sacred to the goddess Ixora, was designed to express the costly and exclusive quality of this line in metal products. Complete documentation of all sales catalogues issued on WMF Ikora Metalwork between 1927 and the 1960s. The diversity of the range is astonishing – now the objects can be attributed to designers as well as dated!

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