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DESNA REVIVAL: AN ART DECO GLASS LINE CZECHS BACK IN.

DECATUR, Ga.-Most people have heard of Lalique, but probably very few are familiar with Desna. Desna is a brand of art glass made in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. And while it is sometimes jokingly referred to as "Lalique-alike," Desna has a rich history that in some ways parallels the better-known French brand.

Desna art glass molds were introduced in the 1920s, around the same time that Rene Lalique began producing his collection of art glass molds. The brand was not known as Desna at the time, but was recognized by the names of the artisans that produced it, including Heinrich Hoffman and Henry Schlevogt. Some of the designs won awards, including the Certificate of Merit and the Grand Prix at the World's Fair in Paris in 1937 During World War II, glass production stopped, many of the glassworks were destroyed and archival materials disappeared. Fast-forward several decades, to the end of the communist era in Czechoslovakia. Several antique molds from the Art Deco era were recovered at the time when the Czech art glass industry began to thrive. Those designs are now being offered in limited editions under the name of Desna (after the village where the original glassworks existed), and are being imported and distributed by Decatur, Ga.-based Nunnally International Trade.

Desna art glass is being marketed under three categories: frosted crystal, opaque glass in deep blue and dark green, and traditional cut crystal. It is sold primarily through jewelry stores and specialty stores, in retail price points ranging from $20 to $600. The collection was shown at the New York Gift Show last month, and according to Tyler Nunnally, president of Nunnally International, it was the company's best show ever. "We doubled our sales from the show a year ago," he said. The best selling pieces were from the frosted glass category, which continues to show great interest, Nunnally said. "The quality is outstanding."
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Author:Zisko, Allison
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
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Date:Sep 9, 2002
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