Posted 3 years ago
I haven't posted anything for a while, as it's been really busy, so I thought I'd get back in the saddle with something I absolutely love while my sons are outside playing in the snow. It doesn't happen often here in the centre of London!
The quality of this piece is stunning. If I had to stake my house on an attribution, I would probably go with Kralik because of the similarity of the corrugated layer to some of the Kralik ribbed twisted pieces on kralik-glass.com, among other things. But then it also reminds me a little of some Rindskopf pieces ... So, I don't really know, and with my record on attributions, I bet I will be shown to be wrong in about 5 minutes. Given the quality of the gilding, there is also a chance, I suspect, that this was a blank made by one firm and then refined by someone else ...
One thing I am pretty sure of though - I don't think it's Loetz. But it is the quality of good Loetz.
I think you would call this a cameo piece as the corrugated, iridised outer finish is cut back in panels to show the clear layer underneath, which is itself polished beautifully smooth, as is the base and the large pontil. There then appears to be a thin, opalescent vaseline layer as the final interior layer, although it is difficult to tell exactly how the layers work as the rim is gilded.
The gilding on both the corrugated and the cut back sections is superb. Absolutely beautiful. It is hard to capture the quality of the gilding and the rainbow iridescence in my poor photographs, but I have done my best. As you can see, the uranium glow on this piece is stunning too.
I just love it. It is one of my favourite pieces.