Map of Czechoslovakia
showing Bohemian region of glass-making.
The area of Czechoslovakia known as Bohemia was a center
for glass making in the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth
century. There may have been more than 600 glass companies in Bohemia by 1834,
some of which made paperweights. Glass paperweights were advertised at least
from 1886 by some of these companies. These paperweights are called Post-Classic
Period paperweights, meaning they were produced after the end of the Classical
Period in France (1845-1860).
Bohemian paperweights were made using millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide techniques. The Bohemian palette
of colors was brighter than that of the French. Star- centered complex canes,
which may have been produced by a single source, were often used in millefiori
weights. These canes were also used as flower centers and petals. <