- Circa 1900's
- Signed " Quezal Shades "
- 22" drop x 21" diameter with Shades
- Shades : 5 1/2" height x 4" diameter
Drop can be adjusted if desired.
The Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Company was
incorporated a century ago, on March 27, 1902.
It was founded by Martin Bach, Sr., Thomas Johnson,
Nicholas Bach, Lena Scholtz, and Adolph Demuth.
The factory was located in Maspeth, Queens, New York.
In October 1902, the trademark "Quezal" was successfully
To this day, the belief still exists that there once
existed a man named Quezal, who worked for Louis C. Tiffany,
and it is after him that Quezal glass is named.
In truth, however, the founders of the Quezal Art Glass
and Decorating Company named the company and its products
after one of the world's most beautiful birds, the elusive and
rare quetzal, which dwells in the treetops of the remote tropical
forests of Central America.
One of the most prized characteristics of Quezal art
glass is the shimmering and dazzling brilliance reflected in
the iridescent surfaces on the interior as well as
exterior of the glass. The radiant rainbow colors
in metallic hues, including gold, purple, blue, green,
and pink, to name only a few, were certainly inspired
by the quetzal and its feathers.
The enduring hallmark of Quezal art glass is its unique expression of the Art Nouveau style, based on organic shapes and naturalistic motifs coupled with technical perfection in the execution.
Excerpts taken from : Journal of Antiques.