Answered By: Rebecca Hopman
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017     Views: 282

Franz Grosz was an artist who worked in a variety of media, including glass. He did not work for a glass firm, but purchased blanks, and sold them through his own firm, and through his agent Mary Ryan. A brief look at the books on Tiffin glass, who supplied his blanks, was not productive. Searching the Internet, especially Ebay, will yield some additional examples of his work. Dates of the firm have not been determined. The Rakow Library has the 1951 Red Book, issued by the periodical China, Glass and Decorative Accessories, which includes a listing for the firm in Elmhurst, NY, owned by Joseph F. Grosz and Robert Bodkin: “decorators of glass for giftware and decorative architectural purposes”. The next directory the Rakow Library has is from 1955, which does not list the firm.

I have attached a bibliography with suggested sources on Franz Grosz. If you would like to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Your library can contact us through OCLC or they may send an Interlibrary Loan form to us by e-mail. We send copies of articles and will also loan certain books if a second copy is available in the library collection. Books are loaned for a four week period. For further information, please see our web page: http://www.cmog.org/research/library/visit/services/loan.

As a non-profit, cultural institution, The Museum cannot offer appraisal services. If you wish to determine the value of your glass piece, you may want to consult a reliable local antique dealer, or send a photograph of the object to a reputable auction house (see ArtNet’s directory of auction houses worldwide, http://www.artnet.com/auctionhousedirectory/index.aspx).

You can also find appraisers through several professional organizations: The American Society of Appraisers (phone) 1-800-ASA-VALU (online) http://www.appraisers.org; The Appraisers Association of America (phone) 212-889-5404 (online) http://www.appraisersassoc.org; and The International Society of Appraisers (phone) 312-224-2567 (online) http://www.isa-appraisers.org. 

Your local library may have a subscription to Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible.

While the Museum does not provide appraisals, our curatorial staff may be able to help you identify your object. You can contact them through their online form (http://www.cmog.org/glass-questions).