Posted 11 months ago
By the mid thirties, Art Nouveau/Jugendstil-- was definitely on the wane. The organic form esthetic stemming from a detailed study of natural shapes and structures had evolved into a cult of angles and machine crafted glass. The best book on the subject: Wichmann's "Floral, Functional", with Neuwirth coming a close second with his massive study of flower and organic shapes in AN/Jugendstil artifacts.
And then, Kralik stuns with a hybrid piece, showing the persistence of the Art Nouveau organic form aesthetic, coupled with the vibrant, vivid colors of much mass produced Czech deco glass (Tango, anyone?).
The applied leaf "crown" motif: three down, three up, appears in Kralik as early as 1900 (Monograph 59, West Virginia Museum). So do the leaf garlands, usually applied to the bottom. A combination of yellow crown, red ribbed body (another Kralik marker), and green bottom garland, 7: tall and with A DOUBLE two-line mark, this vase has it all.
Thus, promises about "not a single one more" are actually MEANT to be broken when the right piece comes along . . . .
Vases like this always make me want to sleep with eyes wide open, in a 24 hour worshipful contemplation watch!