Posted 5 years ago
For quite some time I have been questioning the category "Victorian" as a way to classify glass. . Much of what passes off as "Victorian" falls squarely into the organic aesthetics of Art Nouveau especially when it uses floral motifs. Consider this vase I have just acquired. The vase is 10 inches tall, and a compendium of organic form. Without being literally a "flower" it nevertheless suggests flower forms from top to bottom. First, the drooping top which reminds me of nothing but the splashing of a water drop. Second, the tell-tale girdle of leaves in the middle--which indicates a Kralik manufacture, as does the diamond pattern in the upper section of the vase, followed by a contrasting pattern of darker lines below. Finally, a foot formed by six leaf shapes, echoing the leaf girdle. These last two components glow green under UV. For Art Nouveau aesthetics, the curved line is paramount. I date this vase to about 1900. The third vase, which which you are familiar, confirms the attribution.