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Posted 5 years ago


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This piece belongs a friend who asked me to identify it. It is a highly unusual Loetz Boule-Boule, the first of its kind I have ever seen. Certainly, a museum piece! The second piece ,from my collection, is 14" tall.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    The chain connection is interesting. I would suspect that many collectors have some of the "parts" and didn't realize that it went to a larger piece.

    I have a Venetian dolphin centerpiece that HAD a similar chain connection to smaller pieces. When I first bought it, I didn't know it was missing the chain and smaller dolphines.

    This type of item must have been popular in its time. I wouldn't think that too many of this (or my Venetian example) survived complete.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

  2. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 5 years ago
    This is one of those things you come across that leaves you speechless. What a fantastic find!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    What an amazing set! Did they use flowers in them? Or were they for candles?
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    Candles? Are you nuts? And as for flowers, can you imagine what it would take to empty the water? I have no idea what it was used for. Pieces like that make me extremely nervous!
  5. TxSilver, 5 years ago
    Remarkable. Looks like it would be used as a decorative fence to enclose an area of decoration. Is the chain made of glass or metal?
  6. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    Believe or not, glass. Kralik also made vases tied to each other by glass links.
  7. cogito cogito, 5 years ago
    I bet this piece was popular around Christmas time. I suspect it was intended as a flower arrangement ensemble for a large dining table (it would be run along the length of a decorative cloth table runner) or as shown here as a mantlepiece. As for emptying the water...very, very carefully! ;)
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    Hey, that is a most likely possibility!
  9. TxSilver, 5 years ago
    Every time I look at the vases Sam Cooke's song, Chain Gang, runs through my mind.
  10. Esther110 Esther110, 5 years ago
    Just the fact that this survived intact, glass chain and all, blows my mind!!!
  11. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    I want all of you to know I am actually TERRIFIED of mine. I have it on a high shelf practically next to the ceiling!
  12. jericho jericho, 5 years ago
    sexy chains yo!
  13. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    In light of new recent evidence, I am quite sure now this is Kralik's design shift on boule-boule. The chain link between vases is documented in the Kralik glass Hosch catalog. There is no evidence that Loetz ever made chain-linked vases.

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