Posted 9 months ago
Thanks to a great Ebayer we have a new discovery of a kralik line of glass, Osiris. Osirus was a God of life, death and the flooding of the Nile- you can see his sordid family lineage on Wikipedia.
This mark is significant because there almost no production records of the Wilhelm Kralik Company, especially in the years after World War One.
To understand the company have to work backwards from what is uncovered in collections and auctions. Sadly, there is little interest (so far) of this glass from museums and art glass publishers. This Mark joins the other line-delineated marks like Iris, Flux, Bambus, WI-KRA-SO and Flowerall marks. I place more confidence in these marks than I do in the Kralik arched (acid etched) mark that is seen on many Kralik vases. I expect there are more marks to come out in the near future- let's hope!
Osiris is an opalescent striped pattern over crystal base color; a similar technique was used by French glass makers mostly seen in lamp work. I find it simple and especially beautiful in the first piece below. all the pieces come in a polished rim and a ground pontil (with exception of the large green vertical striped piece seen in Photo 4A)
1. The only marked piece is a pink oval vase with the diamond Osiris mark (nude woman holding or touching the sun). This piece is also marked with the arched acid mark as well as an import mark and a retailer mark (4 marks!)
2. In Green and white variations
3. In smoke glass variations; Second vase is seen commonly in Bambus decor
4. In green vertical (not sure this is the same decor but this shape is seen in Marquetry decor) the second vase is a three-handle piece signed with the arched mark as well