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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Here is a recent addition to my collection, a vase by Fritz Heckert in a very Art Nouveau style. It has a beautiful golden iridescence, and is enameled in very soft colors of green, blue and yellow, outlined in gilt. The paper pattern for the shape is shown on page 158 of Stefania Zelasko’s book ‘Fritz Heckert Kunstglas Industrie 1866-1923’ (the middle of image 3) but I am not sure of the actual shape number. I was only able to find one other image example of this décor, which I am showing in image 4. This vase measures 5-1/4” (13.4cm) across by 3-1/4” (8.3cm) tall, has a round finely ground pontil and a fire-polished rim.

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    1. larksel larksel, 2 years ago
      A beautiful piece. Congratulations.
    2. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Thanks so much Ales, I appreciate it!
    3. Wow22, 2 years ago
      Understated elegance. Very nice.
    4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Thank you Wow22; I agree, it is a very subtle decor.
    5. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
      congrats adore this enamelled vase
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      It's interesting to see the same décor on two shapes. The décor looks quite ordinary on image four, yet perfect on the wider shape of your vase. Delightful!
    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Thanks so much kivatinitz! I always appreciate your comments!
    8. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Thank you Peggy, I completely agree! The pattern looks much nicer spread out across the width of the bowl rather than compacted, as it feels to me, on the smaller piece.
    9. inky inky, 2 years ago
      Agree with what Wow22 says..lovely!
    10. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Penny! :)
    11. SethPremo, 2 years ago
      Michelle, I think you have the wrong pattern picture. The pattern photo you provided is the grundform series "490", and the one you attribute to this vase is 490/2. 490/2, however, has a very symmetrical body across the horizontal plane at midline, and almost no neck.

      Take a look at Zelasko, P. 158's pattern on the lower half of the page. The photos you took are not true profiles, since your camera view is above the plane of the lip of the vase, so it's hard to tell. But your vase is more like the one labeled "3" on the lower half of p. 158. It has a slight bias in the body toward the top of the vase, a markedly elevated neck, with an ever-so-slight taper. Thus, your vase is more like that one, which is also the one photographed in the upper left portion of p.158, in blue and bronze.

      This page 158/159 unfortunately has the template drawings on the wrong side as the photos -- not that Zelasko's book has ever been consistent with placing relevant drawings next to photos.

      If you look at the bottom of that p. 158 lower-half pattern template, the lowest bit of alpha-numeric writing on the page (which is placed on the top portion of a vase form not fully depicted) ... that's likely the grundform number for that template page. It's too small to definitively read, but it looks like it says, "480/7", and so 480/3 would be the form number for your vase.
    12. SethPremo, 2 years ago
    13. SethPremo, 2 years ago
      The one on the right is 501/9, and on Zelasko p.213; top pattern page, lower right-hand corner. That grundform number is found to me from p. 161, in the caption to the middle image with 3 vases in it.
    14. SethPremo, 2 years ago
      By "the one on the right," I mean your 4th posted picture.
    15. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Hi Seth,
      Thank you very much for your comments. I agree with you about the seemingly random placement of the patterns in her book! (Or, the fact that sometimes I actually can't find matching shapes vs. the images she posts at all!) It drives me crazy, and sadly really does not help the appearance of credibility of her research, which I actually think can be very good. I really appreciate you taking the time to look for the pattern for my vase (480/3) - I value accuracy, so thank you! You are great at getting into the details - an important trait to have for Bohemian glass collecting!
    16. SethPremo, 2 years ago
      Happy to help. My copy of Zelasko is full of black ink now. ????
    17. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      Seth, I bet it is! And it is way more useful that way! :)

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