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Kralik - Photos of Documented Shapes and Decors from 1902-1908

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Bohemian Art Glass257 of 6676Harrach VaseLoetz Russian Green Medici (PG 2/484), ca. 1902
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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Lately I have been doing some very interesting research into early journals and magazines published in German on applied arts, to look at what was published on Bohemian glass between about 1900 and the 1920's. One source I found who was mentioned several times was Heinrich Pudor, who between 1902 and 1908, published a series of journals called 'Modernes Kunstgewerbe', or 'Modern Applied Arts'. He published this journal in a series, with each series covering a different topic, such a furniture, metal work, etc. His 'Serie A', 'Keramik einschliesslich d . Glasindustrie' covers ceramics and the glass industry. I managed to find an affordable copy of a book that has all of the series published under one cover, titled 'Dokumente zum Jugendstil: Modernes Kunstgewerbe, 1902-1908 - Art Nouveau Documents: Modern Applied Arts, 1902-1908', published in 2011 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart.

    It was very interesting to see photographs of glass from various Bohemian makers, including Kralk. I thought collectors would like to see some images of Kralik's work from this time period that are shown in the book, so I am including them here.

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    1. welzebub, 1 year ago
      Great stuff!!
    2. welzebub, 1 year ago
      In looking at the images, the Bi-colored Glatt pieces are well known shapes. The lower right images of Kralik Vulcan are fabulous.... One of the rarest, if not the rarest Kralik decor. In 15 years I have seen 2 pieces available for purchase. One sold on ebay, and the other I bought at an estate sale for a song after helping them identify and price glass and other collectibles. It was part of my "payment" for the help I provided. I was stunned when I saw it sitting on the table. I had never seen one in person.... Only images. The Dolphin in the first set of images is absolutely stunning. Certainly rivals some of the animal figures we see from Loetz. The last image looks like "Banded".

      Might have to get a copy of the book..... Peggy loves Art Nouveau, and it certainly looks interesting.
    3. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      It is a great book - I love the metal work and textiles - there is also a section on furniture, ceramics, and jewelry. In the back there is a section with a biography on each maker shown in the book, which I think is really helpful.
    4. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 1 year ago
      Is that Kralik Bambus or Flame on the left bottom photo?
    5. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      Hi Loumanal, I believe it is actually Glatt Bicolor.
    6. welzebub, 1 year ago
      Yes, that group of images is Bicolor Glatt.
    7. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 1 year ago
      thanks a lot very interesting
    8. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 1 year ago
      Does the middle vase (no. 46) in bottom photo read 'Jos. Rindskopf' ?
    9. larksel larksel, 1 year ago
      no. 46 is Riedel
    10. larksel larksel, 1 year ago
      From this source it is indeed possible to derive research into the production of the W. Kralik glassworks from the period around 1900. The problem is that the shapes published here often appear with metal mounts, so it cannot be ruled out that they may have been orders for shapes from metal assembly manufacturers. So it is possible that several glassworks produced them. But there are not many other sources.
    11. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      I have seen some mounts for the taller vase shown in image 40, but not the glatt bicolor shapes. I was under the impression that the mounts were added after market by the metal makers to fit the glass, rather than the metal makers requesting custom shapes.
    12. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      Thank you, kivatinitz, I am glad you think so.
    13. Wow22, 1 year ago
      Wonderful research. Thank you.
    14. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      Hi Wow22, thank you!

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