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Bohemian Art Nouveau 'Sack' Vase with Gold Enameling on Iridised Matt Green - But Who Made It ?

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Bohemian Art Glass1316 of 6490Kralik 'Draped' VaseA pair of Fritz Heckert 'solifleur' style vases in red and purple 'Marmopal' (Otto Thamm design)
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This vase has been in my collection for a few years but to date I have been unable to identify its maker.
    It is 15 cm high and 15 cm in diameter at the waist. It has a nicely polished pontil and the enameling is finely worked.
    There is a jug in a metal mounting with exactly the same decor in the Passau Museum book (Band IV.422 on page 235) listed as 'unbekant' (unknown). That jug currently resides in glass case 131 under unidentified production.
    I have seen vases in matt iridised green attributed to Kralik but none with enameling or in this shape. Any help with attribution gratefully received.

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    1. philmac51 philmac51, 3 years ago
      Shot in the dark...but I've seen pieces similar to this attributed to Carl Goldberg.
    2. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 3 years ago
      philmac51 - thanks for the pointer. The jug in Passau case 131 with the same colour and decoration as this one is mounted in a metal ring to which four peacocks in flight are attached. Looking at images of Goldberg vases on Pinterest I see that the peacock-in-flight motif appears several times. Not conclusive but definitely a line of inquiry to follow.
    3. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      I would go with Kralik, the bag shape and the quatrefoil crimp especially is very prominently used on many molded Kralik pieces, you can see due to pontil, that the upper rim was molded, and the base was cut after firing. All these images are from posts here on CW.
    4. Deano Deano, 3 years ago
    5. welzebub, 3 years ago
      This style of rim treatment was used by a wide variety of companies. A short list of those would include Kralik, Rindsklopf, Loetz, Heckert.... just to name a few quickly. The green matte glass was also very widely used.

      I am of the opinion that the ID will be found in the enamel work, unless of course that enamel work is linked to a refiner, in which case the refiner's sources for blanks would need to be known to narrow down the possibilities for the glass itself.

      This is likely the reason that the piece is in an "Unknown" case in Passau.
    6. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 3 years ago
      I am grateful for all the input, and agree with Welzebub that the enameling will most likely identify the maker/refiner. The quest continues...

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