Posted 5 years ago
I realize I may be jumping the gun a bit - I don't know that the little red vase is Kralik. The similarity in the handles between the two pieces is my only real clue but there is a pretty good likelihood that the blue vase is Kralik judging from the mark. What is most intriguing to me about the red vase is the Erphila label.
I have been familiar for a long time with Ebeling & Reuss as importers of mostly ceramic products and I've seen some glass paperweights with "Erphila - Italy" labels, so it wasn't too much of a surprise to find a piece of glass with an "Erphila - Czechoslovakia" label. What surprised me was the seeming lack of any online reference to the connection. E&R was a fairly large scale importer and because they bought in large quantities and contracted with many of their suppliers to have the ware marked with the Erphila logo, they attracted attention early among the collector community. They may not have been as big as Butler Bros. but they should have been big enough to publish a catalog or two. Have none of their old internal documents surfaced? Or am I looking in the wrong place?
Blue vase is 7 1/4" (18.4 cm) tall - red vase is just under 5" (12.4 cm).