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1950s Czech Harrtil 'merletto' perfume bottle

Detailed image of 1950s Czech Harrtil 'merletto' perfume bottle

Harrtil is often mistaken for the merletto pieces of Archimede Seguso.  The mesh on the Seguso works are an illusion created by joining two blown bubbles with filigree lines, thus creating a net-like effect. Harrtil, on the other hand is made with a genuine net of woven glass.  Seguso merletto is much more expensive, but Harrtil prices are also increasing rapidly.  This is in part because people are coming to understand the quality and value of Czech glass from the communist period, and in part because, to my knowledge, no-one is making anything like it today.  I presume that the woven glass net is no longer in production.  I would suspect that it was complex and expensive to make - feasible when labour was cheap and profitability wasn't such a concern, but not feasible in the modern world.

Harrtil was a range of glass launched in 1955 by the Harrachov factory in Bohemia in Czechoslovakia. It was developed by designer Milan Metelak and factory manager Milos Pulpitel. The fine white mesh of woven glass fibres are trapped within heavy glass casing.

Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 8 cm
Weight: 525 g
Condition: very light wear to the base, a 2 mm scratchlike mark from manufacture just above the base and another one (7mm long) close to the rim, a 3mm fleck to the outer rim, two 1mm fleabites to the base of the stopper, a few small scratches to the exterior (longest 2mm)

 

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