Posted 3 years ago
I have always considered this to be an unusual variant of Rindskopf Pepita, but in the past couple of years, I have seen some websites trying to attribute this to Kralik. In my opinion, it doesn't really matter too much, but let us look at the pros and cons of both attributions.
Those who consider it to be made by Kralik cite the surface threading as being characteristically Kralik. Kralik did imitate the work of other makers such as Loetz, so it is not impossible that Kralik imitated the Pepita Décor by Rindskopf. The shape is decidedly similar to other known vases in Rindskopf known decors, buta little different near the base.
Those who maintain that it is by Rindskopf cite the characteristic Pepita green oil spot base with the gradual transition to the ruby red top. The thickness of the glass is characteristic of Rindskopf pieces similar to this shape. The surface iridescence is characteristically Rindskopf. Just as Kralik was capable of producing work similar to other makers, Rindskopf was perfectly capable of producing a threaded surface texture, after all, there are various examples of Pepita with other surface optical textures.
After reading the case put forward by Welzebub, I'm about 90% convinced it is indeed Kralik, but it looks SO much like Rindskopf's Pepita, I will probably always harbor about a small trace of doubt. Excellent research Craig, and I'm sure more will be revealed as we move forward and keep an open mind. The vase stands about 8.5" tall and is about 3.5" in diameter. The walls are about .3" thick. The top is ground and there is no pontil mark on the bottom, indicating that it was mold blown from the top. Of course there is that wonderful banded metallic oxide surface iridescence. c. 1900 +/-