Factory: Exbor, Novy Bor
Designers: Stanislav Honzík & Josef Rozínek
Date of design: c1960
This appealing cockerel was made in a similar manner and with identical colours to those used for Exbor’s celebrated range of stylised fish sculptures. Highly acclaimed, these were designed by Honzík and Rozínek after they were inspired by a series of animal sculptures produced by eminent designer Vera Lisková (1924-85) for Moser during the 1950s, and exhibited at the International Exposition in Brussels in 1958. It is likely that this extremely rare cockerel sculpture was designed by them and produced as an extended part of this range, although it does not feature in Czechoslovak Glass Review, and has not yet been found in any catalogues. Another one example, in a private collection, has a more flamboyant tail which this example does not.
All sculptures from this range are cased in vibrant colours, with the green and amber here being a particularly postwar Czech combination. The stylisation, brought about by hand-forming the glass when still hot, and by the later cutting and polishing, is also typical. The solidity of the form and implied stance convey the dominant, proud character of a cockerel. The base is marked with the Exbor acid stamp indicating, like the range of fish, it was intended for export to the West.
8.5in (21.5cm) high.
About The Designers
Stanislav Honzík (1926-98) was a notable glass cutter at Novy Bor, whose career spanned working for Moser (1943-45) and Borské Sklo (1954-60), as well as teaching at a number of important glass schools. He cut for the Czech Fund of Fine Arts from 1971-87, before working as as independent glass artist. Josef Rozínek (1911-92) was an experienced glassmaker, and a keen angler. He was notable as he was responsible for producing many of the unique art glass works displayed at major international expositions and exhibitions including those at Brussels, Milan, and New York.