Posted 4 months ago
This is the last segment on Marquetry design aspects, this was my best attempt to understand the line(s) as best I could from the inside out. I will have one more post for Marquetry but it wont be until I feel everyone has had their say, until there are more documentation and theories about this technique- or...who made them. Based on two vases connected to documentation I don't feel comfortable about attribution. One basic question I do feel comfortable answering is: Is Marquetry related to Bambus? My answer is yes and I will show that later
In translating a listing from long ago there hints at a strong connection from Marquetry to metal cage pieces as well. In the description:
"Kralik Marquetry glass, Eleonorenhain Czechoslovakia
Tall furnace decorative vase. A clear core layer with opaque white glass and applied green, yellow, blue and red dust, glazed with clear glass overlay. Decorating the surface is fused embossed flowers with leaves, which were pushed smooth into the surface of the glass when blown into the mold" -This is translated.
What is interesting to me is the way "flowers and leaves were pushed into a mold", this is much the same way as decorated glass is blown into a cage and blown-out through the openings.
Flowers always have five petals witch is a lot considering the glass maker had to pinch bits of molten glass or more likely near-molten rod of glass. Each petal has the "tong" marks, this tool was used for creating the feet on Czech tripod footed pieces.
To the flowers...
1. Left to Right:
-Yellow flower - yellow case by purple
-Yellow with red combination - Yellow/purple and yellow/red - (seems like a lot of work)
-Orange flower - Orange, purple - these may seem like an accident of the furnace but they are actually different
-Red flower - Yellow cased by red - These do come in many shade combinations but production wise they are the same
-The fifth flower: purple. This can occur from time to time as the furnace, timing or glass composition was inconsistent
-This is the kind of Marquetry found in Passau. it is a grade or two cheaper, the casing glass is bleeding and the veining rod is thinner and very different. This piece is interesting because it has one flower; one-flower vases are suspected as being different production type
of coming from a different glass house entirely
-This last one comes from the Iris rule: if red flowers they come in one cluster. This is also similar to the vase above, glass on just one side, thinner cheaper construction and the detail of the flowers are very murky and bled-out (also pointing away from main line Marquetry)
- A smart shot of the same shape in two different color combinations. These handles are pulled up and pinched together, the glass is not fused but interlock at the apex. Kralik, ES&Co or other company made many vases with handles, these don't make any kind of dividing line because some handles are simple and easy, some more difficult and some like these show substantial technique
This piece is amazing to me, A link piece. If you look at the Bambus and orange-color foot decor, they fit perfect with many green Bambus pieces. It matches few caged pieces with that same decor. This is just one example of how these pieces are definitely connected