Posted 2 months ago
These vases are Wilhelm Kralik from 1930-30’, all between 11” - 14” tall
Displaying pieces in the same shape and size makes a great display. It is better to have more than two pieces; two pieces always make one look inferior... I think it comes from a design concept called the “law of three” or something like that.
I think the appeal to the same shape repeated is comforting to the eye and makes me realize how precise these artists were; Piece after piece- every one of them to spec.
Usually it is better to have different decors but sometimes it can be very cool to see 5-of-a-kind, this is the case when I display 5 small Welz trophy vases all of them with organically shaped handles.
Displaying this way with Welz this is too easy, just pick a grid and you can find many many decors all with the same shape. For this reason I decided to use Kralik as a starting point, even bigger Kralik pieces appear mor powerful in the same shape.
One of my favorite type of displayed is where one pattern sets the other one off; canes next to lines next to variegated... so on.
Another great thing to see is how the shapes identify obscure decors, this increases our awareness of the company’s abilities and their range of products.
1- Simple “classic” shape in translucent, flash iridescent and transparent decors
2- Tear drop shape with Bambus, Iris and the pebbles and powder decor. This last decor was identified because most of them are signed. The piece does not have a pontil (like the most of them); it is interesting why some pieces are made with a pontil and some not (even though the same mold was used).
3- These are deco pieces called Bronze Collar pieces, although none of the have collars. They are multi-layered and extremely heavy with a dense sandblasted-type texture; I assume this was done with an acid of some kind. The left one is an interesting texture- I call “ancient texture”, there are many types of pieces using this type of glass. The fact that these two different decors match tells us they were contemporaries.
4. This last pic is showing a rare transparent with cased aventurine lines. This is one of my favorite kind of display except it needs another one to make the law of three