Posted 4 months ago
The light iridescence on the surface of this vase gives it a vibrant presence but makes it challenging to get a good photo. It also makes me think this vase belongs in Kralik's "Iris" decor line. It stands just over 6" (15.4 cm) tall with a 4" (10.2 cm) diameter across the top. Underside is marked with the arched mark attributed to Wilhelm Kralik & Sons.
The glass on this piece is much more complex than it might appear - a lot of work went into this vase. The gather was (I'm envisioning) first rolled in a red-orange-yellow spatter of glass crumbs, smoothed into the surface and blown enough to dip the bubble into a bowl of blue and violet crumbs, again smoothed and reheated, given a casing of clear glass, then blown into a mold. Whether the iridescence is done right then or is a re-striking of some sort, I don't know. But, speaking of re-striking, the interior of this vase appears to be apricot-color but that color only extends about ½" (1 cm) into the interior. I'm guessing this was also accomplished by a re-striking process. The initial gather (vase interior) is a white glass.