Posted 5 months ago
Featuring 4 different decors in the same shape. This show and tell reflects from the "I Heart Ruckl" posting. A dance of colours in a contrasting palette with the impression of the four seasons.
For fun, I have given a flower depiction representing the "Four Seasons" by colour on each heart shaped vase.
Pic 1. Winter Holiday in Poinsettia. White lining with splashes green aventurine, oxblood red and a hint of yellow.
Pic 2. Spring Ahead in Bluebells, Cherry Blossom and Daffodils. White lining with splashes of blue, pink and yellow.
Pic 3. Summer Love in Wild Flowers. White lining with rainbow colours surrounding white buttons. Note: there is a tiny air bubble above each white button.
Pic 4. Fall Back with Chrysanthemums. Yellow lining in oxblood red and white.
There is a interesting article from the Journal of Czech Decorative Arts, Vol. 1, no. 1 Spring/Summer 2002. Featured articles and pictorials include “Tango Glass” by Jitka Lnenickova.
Here is a statement from the article:
"After 1903, glassmakers used for the first time a new colour component, cadmium sulfide (CDS), aka cadium oxide in a combination with selenium oxide, antimony oxide, copper oxide, manganese. These components coloured opal glass treated with cryolithe, feldspar and fluorspar.
Only by using such opal glass with it's high intensity of colour was it possible to produce the deep and rich opaque colors to produce the deep and rich opaque colors from a very thin layer of colored glass was sandwiched between two clear layers or sometimes produced with a colour inner layer and a clear overlay."
Every Heart shaped vase shown above does correspond with having thin coloured layers sandwiched between two clear layers. Certainly not a common commercial shape to associate with another glass maker. The top is three lobes and depending how you turn the vase, a puffy heart will take shape. Embossed scallop edge panels on the stem. The vase sits in a bed of what I consider applied flames. Rim is cut and no pontil on the base.
These heart shaped vases from Ruckl are 7" to 7-1/8" tall. Diameter of each rim is 1-3/4 inches and the applied base at the very bottom is 3-1/2.