Posted 10 months ago
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.