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  • Place of origin:

    Nový Bor (made)

  • Date:

    1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roubicek, René (maker)
    Borské sklo glassworks (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blue glass, hand-blown and hot-worked

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 34, shelf 1

Physical description

Irregular three-legged form with applied twists and bubbles of glass and applications pushed into the body of the form.

Place of Origin

Nový Bor (made)


1959 (made)


Roubicek, René (maker)
Borské sklo glassworks (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Blue glass, hand-blown and hot-worked

Marks and inscriptions

'Roubicek 1959'
Signature; incised; Roubicek; 1959


Height: 46 cm, Width: 28 cm

Object history note

Unique variant on a form made by the artist in numbers at this period. Referred to by the Hentrich Collection in Düsseldorf as 'Kohlrabi' and by the donor as 'Beast' but not entitled by the artist himself.

Historical significance: The artist won a Grand Prize at Expo 58 in Brussels and this is probably the best known type of his work, now regarded as a classic Roubicek form. It is unusual among Czech glass art for being hand-blown and not cast.

Descriptive line

Form, blue glass, blown, René Roubicek at Borské sklo glassworks, Nový Bor, Czechoslovakia, 1959

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pétrova, Sylva and Jean-Luc Olivié, Bohemian Glass, Paris, 1990, p.184.
Crowley, David and Jane Pavitt, eds., Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970. London: V&A, 2008, p.148. ill.

Labels and date

Decorative sculpture
Glass, hand-blown and hot-worked
René Roubi ek (b.1922), 1959
Borské sklo glassworks, Nový Bor, Czechoslovakia
Gift of Dan Klein

This work is highly characteristic of Roubi ek's work whilst director of the design office of the Borské sklo glassworks between 1952 and 1965. The year before this piece was made he had been awarded a Grand Prize at the world fair, Expo 58, held in Brussels. Although Roubi ek did not give the piece a formal title, it has been referred to since as ‘Kohlrabi' and ‘Beast'. [08/06/1998]

Production Note

Made at Borské sklo glassworks, Nový Bor, Czechoslovakia.

Reason For Production: Retail




Hand-blown; Hot-worked

Production Type



Ceramics Collection

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