Posted 11 months ago
This Skrdlovice 5503 "Atlas Vase" is 9.5" high by 6" widest diameter and weighs 7 lbs. It was designed by Jan Kotik in 1955. I have a more tame version of this vase so have been keeping an eye out for a wilder version.
Seller advertised it as "VASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION..WITH NO DAMAGE OR REPAIRS" asked $50 and accepted my offer of $40. I figured it was worth a look as these typically go for about four or five times as much and seem to be going up in value. Well, aside from a bit of acceptable bottom wear, it also has a significant scuff near the base, shown image 3, and a scratch near the opening at the top, shown in image 4.
I am undecided about whether to send it back, keep it and experiment with some polishing tricks I have read about, or keep it and just look at it without my glasses on. Any opinions on this? It IS a whopping big hunk of glass and I am very unlikely to spend even three times what I spent on this one for a better example.....
A bit tuckered tonight and made no attempt to economize on the size of the images, so sorry if your lights dim as you look at close ups of the images... I also just took four shots of this vase and didn't try to do my best so may try to do better another day.