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Czechoslovakian Art Deco (Kralik /Ruckl ?) Export Vase / Circa 1920-1930

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Posted 9 months ago


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Picked this up first thing this morning at the local GW. It has a really unusual shape and the colors are great. It's not very big only about 7" tall. The interior is cased in white glass, the colors are in the middle, and the outside appears to be a clear layer of glass. One chip/flake to the top edge and a tiny nick but it really doesn't show all that much because of the colors. -Mike-

Note : Many thanks to czechman who owns the not so identical twin to this vase and the info he provided ! :)


  1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Thanks JayHow.. It's so hard to get things from the thrifts without damage. The edges are very thin and delicate and they bang things around and throw them in carts. It's bound to happen. I hear things break in the back room all the time and wonder what expensive thing they've broken now. Actually I try not to think abut
  2. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
    WOW! Czech Art Deco for export, 1920's 30's look at the base at an angle under a light or next to a sunny window and look for an acid stamp... Czechoslovakia
    I have the same shape in a diff décor
  3. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
  4. charcoal charcoal, 9 months ago
    I was thinking Rückl but would like to see a clearer rim pic.
  5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Ok czechman, I'll take it outside and let you know. Need my glasses
  6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Nope no mark. Bottom has sort of an orange peel texture to it. Not completely smooth.
  7. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
    Sometimes it is very hard to find the mark and very possible not to have one
  8. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
    I have owned this decor with the semi circle Kralik mark before nut who knows!
  9. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
    But who knows
  10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Guess I can change the title of my post. Since you own it's fraternal twin and we have a positive ID. Thanks czechman :)
  11. charcoal charcoal, 9 months ago
    I'm sorry Mike but this is not the Kaleidoscope decor. It's an end of day or spatter glass decor. Can you add a closeup of the rim detailing the glass layering?
  12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    I swapped the one picture of the top out for the closeup charcoal. I hope this helps. It's a bit blurry, not the best camera. You can see how the colors bleed into the white layer though.
  13. charcoal charcoal, 9 months ago
    Hello Mike, Thanks for the better rim picture. Unfortunately, it is not quite clear enough to answer my question. What I am wondering is if it has a very thin glossy clear lining or innermost casing layer like this vase.
    It kinda looks like it but it is hard to tell.
  14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Yes it does charcoal. You can see three distinct layers. Thin clear layer inside, then the white and color layer in the middle and a clear outer layer exactly like your picture. My camera doesn't focus well that close for a picture but I can see it.
  15. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Yep, four layers if you count the color one separately.
  16. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 9 months ago
    Not Italian Glass.... The vase is Czech Deco Export. Meaning it was mass produced and more than one maker was involved. Gary's example from his link in this post shows a different acid stamp which is not attributed to any maker. I caught Al's comment with considering Ruckl as a possibility and I can understand why.

    The shape does match from Gary's and Mike's example. Is it a Kralik or a Ruckl shape? The Kaleidoscope decor found on Gary's example is also found on another shape with a Kralik decor, called Abstract. Not to make this confusing, but with decors.... many Bohemian companies made the same decor. It's the shape that will link a maker and many shapes are unknown as far what is attributed.

    Examples of decors made from various companies:
    Abstract: Kralik and Pallme Konig
    Silveria: Kralik and Rindskopf
    Martele: Loetz, Kralik and Rindskopf
    Tango (style): Loetz, Harrach and Kralik
    Overshot: Heckert, Loetz, Kralik, and Harrach

    So basically what I'm getting at- the decor from Mike's vase could be made by more than one maker, and the key is through the shape. Loetz is the most documented by shape out of any Bohemian glass maker. Most collectors who research Bohemian glass rely on visual comparisons of what could be the possibility and collectors will consider "markers" to help give a clue as far as who made what. It could be a decor, applied decoration, shape of rim, cased layers, pontil marks and so on. Bohemian glass can be very confusing, and the best way to learn is to study and compare as many same shapes and decors to make a link. This would explain why "Bohemian Export" is taking trend, because more than one maker was producing and adding Czech Art Deco or Bohemian Victorian is understanding the era when the glass was produced.

    Mike, your vase is "Czech Deco Export" and Kralik or Ruckl could be a possibility as far as attributing to a maker.

    Here is one of my favorite story to explain the meaning of Czech Deco Export.
  17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 months ago
    stunning vase!!!!
  18. czechman czechman, 9 months ago
    WERK! LeahG ;)
  19. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 9 months ago
    Thankies, G! :)
  20. mikelv85 mikelv85, 9 months ago
    Thanks for the info LeahGoodwin. You sure know your stuff ! :)

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