Posted 2 years ago
This is a show and tell lesson that i hope helps and informs new collectors of art glass and knowing what to look out for when buying
... notice these two kralik ball vases are the exact same shape each bearing different colors and decors. when i first purchased the red tango piece with green decor it was abouut 20 yrs ago, and before i got "serious" about learning all i could about czech art glass.. this vase was an ebay purchase and was being sold as "mint cond".. so i purchased it.
the seller was local and even arranged for an inperson pickup and pay, which was very nice because i saved on shipping. she knew i was "new" to czech glass and never bothered to inform me (nor was it listed in the description) of the "hideous" grinding that she had done on this vase to remove extreme breaks and or chips.. me being "green" and me having no knowledge of such a thing, went on about my buisness.. and yes, i paid what i consider "top dollar" for the vase at the time..
as a few years pass and i began to notice how the rim on this piece was different from other's that were cut from the top and didnt have fire polished rim's which are rounded.. pieces that arent fire polished should have a flat smooth straight cut edge on the rim..
so slowly began to realize ive been duped!.. notice in the photos just how different the rims are.. i keep this vase as a reminder of what to look out for and because i love the color's..
in my opinion, the grinding down of the rim render's it worthless.. and i would never pass it on to anyone else.. so it set's on my display shelves till the end... measurements are... 7 3/4" tall and the one that was "destroyed" 7 1/2" also wanted to add the "good one" has had the outer edge of the rim gently grinded as well prob due to edge flakes.... BUT, i knew this before hand and didnt mind to much because i found it to be a "rare" color..
i really hope this helps the new collector and find my story useful.. happy collecting everyone and may the glass be with you all :)