Posted 4 years ago
The Original Spiraloptish decor was created by Loetz. Almost immediately, other companies began to produce cheaper versions of it. One researcher has attributed them to Welz. I have for a long time maintained they were made by Kralik, because of the existence of inkwells that match the vases in color and pattern. Welz is not known as a maker of inkwells; Kralik is. There is also the question of shape: the "discobolus" shape appears in other Kralik decors, including Drape and Kralik's version of Pampas (See Kralik Inkwells II)
Loetz Spiraloptisch is quite a complex pattern. Kralik vases show far less complexity, and the glass is monochrome, cut from the top, and very lightweight. Inkwells, carrying elaborate tops with German patent marks, are far heavier.
The first inkwell is 5" in diameter. I have tried to show the pattern both from the top and the bottom. The second inkwell has a sad and curious story. It came all the way from Sweden, and in trying to push the top down, I damaged it. But . . . since the essential function is for it to hold the ink in a separate insert, the structural damage does not affect its use.
It is small, only 3" by 3".
Not surprisingly, there is a very strong competition for Czech glass inkwells between inkwell collectors and Czech glass collectors. Inkwells routinely appear as "Loetz", the same as shades. The sad fact is that Loetz made very few inkwells and none for the mass market. Because of the demand, an inkwell may cost far more than a vase in a similar pattern. Please look at my next entry: more Kralik Discobolus inkwells.