Posted 2 years ago
This line of Kralik vases has mysteriously disappeared from most Czech glass documentation, except for Truitt 1 (under Hosch), Waltraud Neuwirth's book on the floral motif in Art Nouveau, and the recently discovered Hosch catalog in the West Virginia Museum of American glass archives. This particular vase is 15" tall. The body, in simple ribbed frosted white, serves to highlight the flower. There is a second variant with the flower pointing upwards. A fellow collector, Ivan Milovic, has explained to me that up to 4 master artisans must have been involved in the production of the flower,which had to be shaped in minutes, while the glass was hot. The last picture groups the pieces in my collection. If anyone has found other examples, let me know. They date from the very early 1900's. I have a picture of that vase and others on exhibition at Kasperky Hori, from 15 years ago. In 2006, when I visited the museum (which houses the Loetz archives), they were no longer there.