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Posted 5 years ago


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Rindskopf Honeycomb pattern appears usually in single-color iridized vases such as those in pic 1 (both 12" high) and also in the smaller 6" versions. I have them in amber, green, pink and lavender, all with rough pontils.

Therefore, I was totally unprepared to find an 8.5" piece in metallic blue with the honeycomb patter finely delineated in Rindskopf's signature brick red and no pontil (pics. 2, 3). But it had a very ugly and noticeable chip on the upper rim. Many collectors will not touch damaged pieces. Dealers have no such qualms (check out E-Bay for the Kralik cameo, badly chipped, being sold for $$$$).

I have always maintained that if a piece is damaged but rare, and priced reasonably (not like that Kralik), I'd rather have it than not. And there was no question about my not wanting this piece. I bought it.

Since it has no pontil, I could have it cut about an inch or so without any noticeable effect. It would display well either way. But in this particular case, since I fear a loss of integrity to the pattern, I have decided to keep it as is.

My question to you all is:
1. Would you have bought it?
2. If bought, would you have it repaired?


  1. Hornet Hornet, 5 years ago
    Hi Alfredo
    Art is always a representation of human capabilities. although with some flaws.
    But I would not do to restore .
  2. manddmoir manddmoir, 5 years ago
    1. yes and
    2. probably yes but I'd wait and live with it as it is for a year or two

    In the long term if restored people will see its value -left as it is -those who eventually dispose of my goods might just throw it out!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Yes and no.
  4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 5 years ago
    Maybe and yes. By the way, that Kralik cameo you referred to above is the exact piece that I won on liveauctioneers and returned because of the (then undisclosed) crack. I can't believe what they are asking for that piece.
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 5 years ago
    I know. You bid and I didn't. By the way, I will keep the Honeycomb "as is" for as long as I can!
  6. ABQCathy ABQCathy, 5 years ago
    Yes and no. Our culture is too consumed with the monetary value of goods. Anything that reduces the monetary value is bad. If over 99% of a beautiful item is perfect, does the loss of less than 1% really affect its beauty? Not to me!
  7. cogito cogito, 5 years ago
    No (but if yes, then second is yes as well).

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