Antique dealer, self
in New Orleans
The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass
BY FRANZ HELLWIG
@ VOL 17
ON MAY 13, 2015
"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass."
Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.
This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, September 21th, 2015.