Posted 2 years ago
This Kralik Nautilus has an interesting story. There was a discussion in my glass group as whether it had been repaired. Specifically, no one seemed to accept the blue rim. I looked, I liked, I bought. When I got it, I too was puzzled. Could the dissenters be right? The green rigaree started lower than it usual, and the blue rim extended into it with a "comma loop".
I happen to have a lot of the smaller vases on shelves in the window sill. The next day, I happened to glance in the direction of a vase with what I call the "girdle decor", and suddenly I realized it followed the pattern of the rim! Add to that the fact I did have a small Silberiris Glatt (a term created by a friend in an effort to find a suitable name for a Kralik line) in the same shade of blue. My identification was now complete.
1-2: White martelé glass, polished pontil, 5.5" tall. Green rigaree with blue rim.
3. Vase in the same kind of blue.
4. Vase with girdle decor.
The orange girdle is far thicker and has four loops. But the principle behind the decor of the rim is the same. if it had been a repair, the rigaree would not have been applied as to leave space for the blue rim loops.
Kralik Nautilus is usually found with a green or transparent rigaree and corresponding rim. This is the first piece I have found with this particular decor variation, but I have no doubts as to its maker.