Posted 2 years ago
A new vase bought earlier this month here in Sydney. I recognized it as a design from the Skrdlovice design books and the dealer let me have it for a good price. I got home and again checked the catalogues and worked out that it is from 1955.
It's design number 5515.
It's a greenish brown and has a nice uranium reaction all over with a black light. But even in direct sunlight it is full of energy. The tips are actually quite sharp and have been worked to a point at the furnace.
The name in the catalogues was not clear and so I emailed Jindrich Parík and asked his advice about reading the name. I had an idea, but he verified the identity of the artist as being Maresova-Smolkova, Alice. I have researched on the net but have not made any real progress so far. I know that she was a student in Prague from 1948 at the Institute which had close links with the glassworks in Skrdlovice. From the catalogues I've noted that she designed three pieces that were produced there in 1955: 5513, 5514 and this one 5515.
It is 20.5 cm or 8.1 inches tall.
I've seen another version of the vase in the pink-blue combination I like so much. But I have to say that I am warming to the uranium glass that other love so much.