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Emerald green gilt vase with cartouche indents, ca. 1900

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Bohemian Art Glass2279 of 2987Set of  (old) vases. Want to know how old and from where/styleMarmoriertes Glass - Loetz and Others
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Posted 2 years ago

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This piece turned out to be something of an enigma due to the decor, which has been documented to appear on Fritz Heckert shapes. However, this is a well-documented Kralik shape (see Alfredo's Loetz and Glas website - Kralik ID by shape page).

The first thing that struck me was how green it is - a dark emerald green that doesn't seem very Kralik-like. The auction photos made it look navy blue, shading to green - but in reality it is solid emerald green, sporting a dark blue iridescence that is pronounced more towards the bottom. The fire-polished rim is gilt, and there is a ground and polished pontil on the base.

The second thing I noticed was the obviously visible mold line (see photo number 3) - not something I have noticed a lot of in Kralik glass -still, I think it is a Kralik mold. The more I look at Alfredo's photos of Kralik decors on this EXACT shape, the more I am convinced.

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  1. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    I was wondering who snatched it up...
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    I happen to have an emerald green vase in another documented Kralik shape.
  3. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    I'm keeping an open mind... @Jeff - Yes, I went for it - no chips or cracks at all... but some significant wear to the gold paint. Which reminds me - if you use the Mr. Clean magic erasers on glassware, keep them away from gilding - enamels only. They do pack a micro-abrasive punch.
  4. jericho jericho, 2 years ago
    keen observations- do you think the indents are also molded in from the form or are they tooled in by hand?
  5. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Hard to say - I'm going to go with part of the mold.
  6. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Kyle, it looked pretty green from the minute I unwrapped it - I don't know how the auction photos looked so blue. There is pretty strong blue iridescence at the bottom, however.

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