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WMF Glass, from
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A short explanation of WMF Glass:

WMF, or the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, is a metal works near Stuttgart in Germany specialising in decorative metal and silver-plated items. They started making their own glass inserts for this metal-ware in 1883. Hugo Debach became director of the company in 1904, and when the original 1883 glass house was destroyed during the First World War he had a new glassworks built, which opened in 1922.

Production of glass inserts for metal goods continued as before, but the company employed designers to develop new techniques, and Karl Wiedmann developed MYRA-Kristall with its beautiful iridized surface. This was launched in 1926 along with IKORA-Kristall, with its coloured inlays and patterns of bubbles. Both types of glass were very successful and continued in production for about ten years, until production of art glass virtually ceased in Germany prior to the War.

Ikora glass was made for about five years after the war, but on a smaller scale. The company also made reproductions of historical designs. At this time Wilhelm Wagenfeld was a designer at WMF and his designs were popular for several years. The company closed down its glass-making operation in 1982.

References and Further Reading
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WMF glass Arwas glass 20th Century glass book 20th Century glass Millers 20th Century glass

  • WMF: Ikora and Myra Glass (2007) by Carlo Burschel. Pages of beautiful coloured pictures plus reproduction of several catalogues showing the range of WMF art glass, WMF advertisements, and very helpful text.

  • Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco (1987) by Victor Arwas. This excellent book about all the major glassworks of the art nouveau and art deco period has an interesting short section on WMF glass.

  • 20th Century Factory Glass . by Lesley Jackson, 2000 - includes an excellent section on WMF glass (pages 235-237).

  • 20th Century glass (2004) by Judith Miller. Short chapter on WMF with good pictures (page 62).

  • Millers 20th Century Glass by Andy McConnell, 2006.

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