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Bohemian Art Glass1242 of 6460Bohemian square sleeve vase w/ enamelled floral & dragonfly detail & applied stylised seaweedLoetz Rubin Papillon vase, PN I-7580/8", ca. 1898
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    Posted 3 years ago

    Bambus1920
    (46 items)

    A small Kralik 'Aquagold' bowl from c. 1905 measuring 9.5 cm high and 14 cm in diameter with a smoothly polished pontil mark.
    One facet of this piece which intrigues me is the sheer quantity of ash particles embedded in the glass (see especially picture no. 1). Could this be due to a particularly low grade of brown coal (lignite) in the furnace that day ?

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    1. Justanovice Justanovice, 3 years ago
      I have a Kralik Aquagold posted here on CW! If I hold up to the light, it too has many ash deposits!
    2. welzebub, 3 years ago
      Kralik production was done using wood burning furnaces, and ash in their production is not that uncommon. They are not known to have converted to coal as a heat source.

      On a side note, the Siemens Lignite furnaces did not burn brown coal directly, but instead burned a gas which was extracted from the lignite. The Welz production facility had 2 rooms which were identified in the facility layout as "Gasentwickelung" or gas production.
    3. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 3 years ago
      Thanks Welzebub for that information, I didn't know that Kralik used wood burning furnaces.
      A follow-up question for you: did Kralik still use wood as a heat source into the 1920's and '30's ?
    4. welzebub, 3 years ago
      As far as I know, it is believed that they did. There is no evidence indicating that they converted to coal at any point prior to WWII. There are writings indicating that when Franz Welz toured Kralik facilities post 1900, he was surprised to see that they still burnt wood. By that time, Welz had used coal for over 30 years.

    5. Wow22, 3 years ago
      I didn't know that either! Thanks Welzebub.
    6. welzebub, 3 years ago
      My pleasure, Always glad to help when I can.
    7. JenniferH JenniferH, 3 years ago
      What a gorgeous piece of glass. It’s beautiful.

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