Posted 5 years ago
At the monthly Collector's Fair here in Sydney last Sunday I saw this vase downstairs and I was quite smitten. It was not expensive and so I decided to take a punt. It had a few elements that struck me as being both unusual and attractive.
The dealer who sold it to me had a sticker on it saying 'Krosno'. I asked him why that attribution and he replied that he had seen a similar vase linked to Krosno. The Krosno factory dates back to 1923 : Krosnienskie Huty Szkla (Krosno Glass Factory) „KROSNO” S.A. is the largest glass manufacturer in Poland.
I thought Czech ...... but maybe that's my fixation and it has Japanese feel to it too: the gold leaf reminds me of Japanese work on fans ... the shape and decoration too, I suppose, has a Japanese look. But no, the dealer was correct. It is Polish.
MILOMAX SPOLKA AKCYJNA is the name of the firm, it seems.
MILOMAX S A
ul. Lwowska 6, Krosno
Address: Lotników 4a, 38-400 Krosno, Poland
The shape is like a pillow. The centre is divided by a wide vertical gold band. One side of each face is decorated in an enamel cross hatching that gives a textile look. Over that there is enamel leaf and vine in contrasting gold and black enamel and yet another band of horizontal gold leaf. On the side this pattern is reversed.
The left side is clear and you see through to the rear face. There is gold enamel vine across the clear surface.
I believed it to be Deco... and thought it might be post War. But it is in fact post 2006 when the firm was begun.
Bevelled edges to the top. I think the piece has been moulded into this cushion shape that has eight surface panels.
The base is slightly concave, not a pontil but the edges have been ground to flat.
I believe this vase is one of their TECHNIKI LACZONE or combination technique pieces. It is on a form coded WAZONY 04380_0280_AA-0001.
H: 19 cm or 7.5"
W: 22 cm or 8.6"
IVONNE, KAREN and DECOVOO solved this mystery for me.