Posted 5 months ago
I was immediately attracted to these Kralik (formely known as Stölzle) pieces when I first started collecting glass because of their simple organic forms and their stylized lotus flower collars. In spite of the fact that the collars have lost their original plating, I still wanted to collect them.
Recently, I decided to sell part of my collection to a local dealer. My reason, for what I call “the purge”, was to generate cash to buy nicer or more sophisticated glass. I convinced myself that my collecting tastes were becoming more sophisticated and that I needed to get rid of the 4 Kralik/Stölzle pieces in picture #1.
Picture #2 shows the two pieces that I have left in my Kralik/Stölzle collection. I could not bring myself to sell them when I had the opportunity. And I am glad I didn’t because I fell head over heels again with this line when I saw the cobalt piece. Picture #3
The lesson learned- buy what you like and enjoy instead of buying what you think you should like.
Note on the collars: to clean the collars use a dremel with a polishing brush attachment and metal polish. If you work at it, the surface gunk will come off and you will end up with a low lustre-pewter like finish. As an example, look at the collar on the cobalt piece. And please, do not spray paint them gold or silver. I could be wrong but I have never seen a successful paint job on these collars.
Picture #4 shows a detailed shot of the sterling silver collar I had made. I am not suggesting going this route because it could get expensive. However I had an opportunity to have one made by a student studying jewellery design at a local art college and fortunately for me he needed pieces for his portfolio. In this case it was just the cost of materials only and a thank you dinner.