Posted 1 year ago
This is a follow-up to a posting by a fellow Glasshound, who recently showed an acid cutback silberiris on purple piece in this shape. I call it Kralik's primary shape, for the variety of decors it exhibits (pic 1). That shape study has 12 examples; By now I have found at least four more. My first was perhaps the tallest, at 15" (Pic. 4). The Confetti is 13"--notice the perfectly polished pontil, which each one of my vases exhibits. In the first picture, the pink, the blue and the purple threaded are all 12". This is the kind of production Kralik was forced to stop in order to concentrate on mass-marketed items in the chaos between the two wars.
As an interesting aside, the Kralik family, being of ethnic German Czech origins, was summarily expelled in 1945, and all of its properties seized by the new government. When the Soviets took over, it was declared no ethnic German Czechs could ever ask for reparation for what they had lost, and for good measure, the Kralik records and archives were sealed to the public until 2090. There is a small Kralik museum in Lenora, where if you are forbidden to take pictures. I know. I was there with a friend. The dragon lady at the door shadowed us through the place, and and even threatened to call the police if she caught us trying!