Posted 4 years ago
For beginning collectors, of for those who find they no longer can afford the skyrocketing prices commanded by Czech Jugendstil. Czech glass from the period between the two World Wars constitutes a great hobby. Much of it is strictly Tango: solid opal colors with contrasting rims, handles or applications. But much of it is also highly imaginative in terms of surprising decors. This new piece is 9.5"--no pontil, but highly finished, in a streaked fiery red, three distinctive rings at the bottom and applied cobalt blue handles. The handles constitute its marker, for they appear in other pieces. In the last picture, the shape of the two middle vases appears in a San Francisco 1932 Butler Brothers catalog. While unmarked, they should be attributed to Kralik, since they appear together with other documented Kralik shapes. Notice the variety of decors: "nail polish" spatter, applied directly to the surface of the piece; soft spatter; and streaked. One by itself may not make much of an impression; display a group of them together, and they tell a powerful story about a kind of Czech glass that disappeared after WWII.