Posted 5 months ago
Yet another cheap find on eBay AU, this Kralik vase had suffered an unfortunate "brush" with someone's attempt at decorating - the outer petals of the applied daffodil had been painted gold. I could tell that not only was the gold paint not original, it was also of great detriment to the visual appeal of the item. To be brutally honest, it looked downright trashy! I did not even want to take a before photo to show how bad it looked...you'll just have to take my word that it was a travesty...
But the extremely low price tempted me, though I was well aware that a tedious cleaning job awaited. I was also concerned that the painted area concealed a glued repair (as they sometimes do). But nothing ventured, nothing gained!
The gold paint was removed with nail polish remover & a lot of chipping away with various fine metal implements to reach into the many minute crevices of the petals. There was no glued repair lurking beneath the paint, though there is a minor loss to one of the blue inner petals, which the seller had pointed out in the listing.
The vase is made from clear glass with a satin finish, with an applied daffodil flower in soft pastel shades of pale yellow spatter (revealed as the gold paint was cleaned off) with a pale blue inner layer of petals & two green leaves. It measures 20.5 cm tall, 5 cm across the top rim, & 7.5 cm across the base, which does not have a pontil mark. The body of the vase has a fine ribbed pattern, the yellow spatter glows orange under UV light.
Made by Kralik, early 20th century.
The real daffodils in my garden are just about to bloom, so this vase is the ideal way to celebrate their arrival...