Bohemian Boudoir

January 15 - May 4, 2014

Bohemian Boudoir Bohemian Boudoir, highlighted over 40 glass crystal perfume bottles and bedroom accessories, hand-crafted in the Bohemia region of Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) in the 1920s and 1930s.

Czechoslovakia, considered to be one of the most important historic centers of glass production, was the home to over 600 companies creating glass items for the boudoir. Objects in the exhibition exemplified the creativity and technical prowess of Czech craftsmen which was shattered during World War II and the related political and social upheaval in Czech society.

Often referred to as trinket or vanity sets, these detailed cut glass creations included items such as candle sticks, powder boxes, perfume bottles, atomizers, ring trays, soap dishes and covered jars. Czech perfume bottles were particularly popular in the United States during the Great Depression, as affordable symbols of femininity, style and status.

“These relics from a glamorous era are an amazing reminder of the dramatic effects of geo-political changes,” notes Katie Phelps, curatorial assistant at Museum of Glass and curator of Bohemian Boudoir. “With the recent fascination with 1920s popular culture such as the new version of “The Great Gatsby” and BBC’s “Downton Abbey”, these exquisite pieces serve as reminder of the quality of goods that rarely exists with today’s disposable consumer products.”

Image credit:
Designer Henry Schlevogt (German, 1904-1984); Cherubs Atomizer from the INGRID Collection, 1934; Turquoise opaque glass, pressed, matte cut, and polished; From the Ladd and Lydia Straka Loss Memorial Collection.

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