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Kralik Ball Vase, ca. 1920s - another take on Pink & Blue

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Bohemian Art Glass4877 of 5010Wedding Gift in 1928Pretty Perfume
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Posted 6 years ago


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Here is an unassuming little ball vase I picked up on eBay in colored crystal that upon closer examination looks pretty difficult to make. See photo number 2 - the blue layer mixes gradually into the pink layer on the top half, forming blue forks along the 12 optic "ribs" - and I just wonder how this is done? Kralik's fascination with this color combination (pink and blue) found its way into a variety of different decors, utilizing blue trim (handles, rims, applique leaves & flowers and threaded windings) on pink glass, in various vases, bowls, and baskets - and now here is a piece that uses both colors in the body of the vase itself. Marked as shown with the typical acid stamped semi-circular "Czechoslovakia". There appears to be some uranium content in the blue portion - it does give a slight green glow under direct UV light.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks for this post. The pink/blue combo fascinates me too!
    It perhaps pre-dates 'sommerso' which I think came about in the late forties?
    Have you seen my Emanuel Beranek vase on CW?
    Your vase is much earlier.
  2. kralik1928 kralik1928, 4 years ago
    Great design, these were difficult to categorize but i have them under Kralik- Transparent decor- Transparent pulls. These come in several color combos but never with opaque colors; I'm guessing because transparent colors create a beter gradient effect. The piece was probably created by fusing the two colors early and forcing the glob in a (hectoganal) mold... The piece then blown out and rotated on a wooden form of a ball. but that still doesn't explain how each flame tip hits each optic crease??

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