Posted 3 years ago
I enjoy researching and collecting thorn vases because they offer quite a variety of shapes and gorgeous pastel and vaseline colors. but I also enjoy pointing out to British collectors and glass researchers who claim them for their own that they are not: they are Bohemian/Czech and as such appear in Butler Brothers catalogs since 1900. I have at leat 8 different shapes in different sizes. Attribution is fluctuating; I have tentatively assigned them to Kralik. These are my most recent ones.
Picture 1. Both are about 7.25" tall, made of a single tub of vaseline glass shading either to blue or red (the new one, on the right side). I counted myself lucky when I found the blue; imagine what I felt when I found the red!
Picture 2. This shape is made of a sigle tube bent into two paralel halves.
I already had the yellow Tango; I never thought I would find it in the opalescent pink, 7.00".
Picture 3. I consider this shape the most complex. Again, a single tube is twisted over itself to shape the bottom into the symbol of infinity, the horizontal eight. The red is a whooping 13" tall. The new one, on the right, 7.25", glows entirely green under UV.
Picture 4. The one on the right. Once more, a single bicolored tube bent into what I call a "frog's legs" shape. 7.25", vaseline glass. The red is an earlier acquisition.
These thorn shapes are both useful and organic, thus fulfilling the twin purposes with which I measure glass production. And, as always, it is as a group that they look their best!