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Our library has a trade catalog from an American distributor that includes work by Franz Stanek: 

Wara Intercontinental Co., Detroit, MI, USA. Distinctive gifts from Europe. Detroit, Mich. : Wara Intercontinental Co., 1973. 56 p. 
Trade catalog. Includes 3 limited edition engraved plates by Franz Stanek. Tableware, also cut, novelties, perfume bottles, etc. (No. 73) 
Location: Microforms 
Call Number: F-9456T 

The last catalog page is entitled: "Limited Editions by Franz Stanek" and it illustrates three of Stanek's plates, including "Moon Landing 1969." The text beneath the illustration and title reads: "This historic event has been transformed by Stanek into a true masterpiece. Limited to 150 plates. Clear lead crystal. 11 1/2" diameter." It is the center illustration. The plate on the left is "Santa Maria"; the one on the right is "Mayflower" (both are limited to 60 plates and are 11" in diameter; they are in ruby and cobalt glass respectively. 

A later catalog, from 1978, describes the WARA company: 

"WARA Intercontinental Co., importers of distinctive gifts from Europe. Dear Customer, It is because of people like you, that we, at WARA Intercontinental Company, can proudly look back at 25 years of service to the quality oriented gift market. On the following pages you will find a large variety of exquisite crystal items imported from West-Germany and fine porcelain accessory pieces from Bavaria. On the back cover we are showing some collector's plates from BAREUTHER of Bavaria and some tapestries. Please feel free to write for our tapestry brochure and information about our collector items. Pictures, of course, cannot do justice to the actual product; but those of you, who have been loyal to us for so many years, know that our products are of superb quality - how else could we have a success story for over 25 years! Thank you for your past and future patronage. Sincerely, Walter A. Rautenberg, President. Showroom and Warehouse: 20101 West Eight Mile Road, Detroit, Michigan 48219. Telephone: (313) 535-9110." I did not find Stanek's work in this catalog. 

The catalogs have been microfilmed and the microfiche is available via Interlibrary Loan. Please contact your local library to request the microfiche. Interlibrary Loan instructions are on our website.

I found a brief biography for Franz Stanek on the 

"Franz Stanek (1926 - 1983) was also an engraver of Moser and a cousin of Konstantin Hable, Jr. In 1968, Franz Stanek was able to get out of the Czech Republic during the short term political period of upheaval that took place at the time. He emigrated to Germany and set up the workshop that Radomir Hable went to work for when he left the Czech Republic in the 1980's. Radomir Hable took over the running of the business upon the death of Franz Stanek." 

Please see the website to see a photo of Stanek and additional information about the company. 

This website provides describes the firm, Kristallglas Hable / Hable Glass today:

Telefon: (0911) 440372 

Please let me know if you have additional questions.


Comments (3)

  1. Is there any way to find a value on these plates? Thank you
    by Cynthia Rickard on Feb 09, 2015.
  2. Hi, One way to determine the value of your glass piece is 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,

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

    Your local library may have a subscription to

    Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible.

    Many people now use online auction houses like or to search for similar art objects. Hope this helps!
    by Regan Brumagen on Apr 07, 2015.
  3. I have one of these plates. There is a letter from Anderson Brother’s Jewelry in Lubbock, Texas. It states that the plates would be sold @ $1000.00 and was limited to 150 people. It is wrapped in a velvet pouch and stored in a gold foil box.
    by Deborah Sartain on Oct 17, 2017.

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