Posted 6 years ago
Another post for Andy. I have a biscuit barrel in this same form, but in the bacillus (stabchensplitter) decor.
The shape of the vessel identifies it unmistakably as Kralik. I have never seen this decor before and the colleagues from our group have not seen it either, so this is more or less a premiere. The ground is really milky white, not greenish or yellowish, and opaque. The spots are golden, difficult to photograph. The claws or shells have a layer of the bespoke greenish-yellowish glass underneath (like Crocus or Swirls and Spots) outlining the form of the claw, which is then covered by green spots. A rather complex decor, which again proves that there is "high-end" Kralik. It deserves much more attention by the collectors than it has received in the past. There is one problem, though: the price of these pieces, if not mistaken for Loetz, is almost always acceptable and affordable, but you need years to find one. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend, you can buy e.g. a Loetz Cytisus any day of the year, but if you want a particular rare Kralik decor you need to be alert all the time and live long. And one other thing: this one is large: the glass part alone is almost 8''.