Posted 5 years ago
Today, while looking for glass on Internet, I found a vase in a metal frame.
The dealer excitedly identified it as having been designed by Marcel Bing for his father's shop in Paris. And he was correct, He also speculated that, given the close relationship between Bing and Tiffany, the vase could be the latter. He really had a hard time describing the myriad tones of this glass. The picture of the bottom struck a chord. Kralik "bacillus" glass! (PMC IV: 271) The glass is either clear or blue, covered with blue or cranberry flecks "in the manner of bacteria" and iridescence, which sometimes gives it a violet/ bronze hue. Inkwells are also found.
This dealer's vase is proof that Tiffany and Loetz indeed had competition from other Bohemian glasshouses when it came to the production of high-end vessels.