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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Here is another Giant Ruckl piece purchased in Argentina from an auction last year. The piece is created with a crystal base and pink confetti with a cobalt confetti pull-up design and a surface layer of red molten glass- the piece is satin finished in a later step.

    it shows beautifully in this elongated shape that I have never seen.

    The dimensions are 20 1/8” X 7 1/2”

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Cool as !!!!
    2. welzebub, 2 years ago
      I am curious what was used to establish the link to Ruckl?
    3. kralik1928 kralik1928, 2 years ago
      First to the possibilities:
      It could be some other creature because Belgian company Scailmont also did huge pieces and also did a satin finish although I have never seen their satin finish on a pull-up piece.

      Another possible maker is Kralik, they also did the pull-up confetti decor and their largest vase is 16” and is marquetry in decor.
      Both Ruckl and Kralik are common in Argentina, they must have had a good market for larger pieces

      It also could be any number of Czech glass makers who’s history was wiped out by the economy and war.

      Now probabilities:
      1. A curator in the Czech Republic has told me personally that Ruckl did the pull-up confetti pattern on (orange, yellow, red, and black) on many types of glass- shades, vases, perfumes... the decor on this vase most closely resembles those

      2, The Ruckl sketches in the Forsyth book has a clear enough decor match (unfortunately I haven’t found any other companies line drawing for this type of decor)

      3. This glass is fragile with the kind of age and damage to similar large Ruckl glass

      4. Although I don’t have anyway of analyzing the glass I believe it to be heavy in lead content, this is consistent with what I’ve seen in Ruckl

      PS- The red drizzle is weird but doesn’t make me think another company did it

      Just my thoughts- no label and no documentation, I welcome comparisons or new pieces coming to light
    4. welzebub, 2 years ago
      For what it is worth, the use of crystal in glass that is used in color production provides no real benefit for the additional cost. Lead is used to create crystal with a high clarity and refractive index, and also to create a workable material that can be spun thinner and maintain strength, such as the rim of a crystal wine glass. The use of lead with colored glass gets provides no real benefit for the additional expense.
    5. kralik1928 kralik1928, 2 years ago
      Thank you for that, maybe no lead but heavy glass just the same, both bases (bottom of vase) have about a half inch of thickness in the glass

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