Posted 4 years ago
The West Virginia Museum of American Glass Hosch catalog is perhaps the best source for the identification of exported early Czech glass, particularly Kralik. On its first page, second row, a series of vases on stirrups or leaf bases are identified as Meteor. I was lucky to have found the second one from the left, C15 (picture 1)
The vase is made of clear glass molded in a spiral, covered in white frit, shading to pink at the bottom and covered by a network of pale green threads, in a variation of one of Kralik's most spectacular and successful decors, Silveria ( I gave it that name because of its superficial resemblance to the Stevens & Williams decor of the same name). It sits on a green tripod stirrup foot. However, unlike the catalog drawing, this one is not 8" but a whooping 12.5". I would really call it a seashell shape. Mine does have a heat fissure on one of its legs (picture 3), which does not affect its overall appearance or research value. Picture 4 shows the size and the Silveria decor variation. Stirrup feet also appear in Deco Czech items and Czech thorn vases, of which I also have examples in my collection.
Recently the Passau Museum published a book on Josephinhütte, edited by Stefania Zelenko, where this decor (and others, previously classified as Kralik) appears classified as Heckert. I openly question such attribution, as I have done already on my website: