Kralik

Unravelling the mysteries
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Written by Alfredo Villanueva-Collado, Ph.D.

Photos © Abersio Núñez

 

Kralik25S.jpg (8706 bytes) Kralik26S.jpg (7706 bytes) Kralik27S.jpg (7216 bytes) PMC IV:269 shows a vase in green glass covered in blue/green glass powder an a pattern of vertical, raised dots and lines (photos 25-27).  I named the bowl on photo 26 the "sea urchin" for it looked like the skeleton of a sea-creature.  Photo 27 shows a rare example of this Kralik surface pattern in pink glass.
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When I wrote NATS, I classified what is perhaps the largest and most massive piece in my collection, a 15" hourglass vase with Celtic entrelac bronze girdle and handles (Photo 28), as Pallme-König. Robert Truitt, in his letter to GCD, pointed out that there was a similar piece at the Passau Museum, classified as Kralik.  The PMC IV:271 shows a small square vase in what is called "a typical Eleonoranhein combination of iridescent yellow and violet." Photo 29 shows a 13" vase in this combination plus a cruet showing the cobalt blue-violet combination of the bowl in PMC IV 273. A smaller version of my vase, same shape minus handles, can be seen on Jeff Weller’s site.
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Photo 30 shows two inkwells, invested with a strong violet iridescence. Loetz made inkwells, but the ones I have seen illustrated are usually luxury items in "phänomen" glass. I am sure most of the "Loetz" inkwells on the market were actually produced by Kralik and other manufacturers.
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Photos 31, 32, show a previously undocumented variant: gold over clear, blue glass flecks (called in German "Stäbchensplitter," bacillus-rod" splinters). Photo 33 shows two handled jars. The right-hand one shows another previously undocumented variant: golden glass/clear with randomly looped violet lines. Kralik31S.jpg (5919 bytes) Kralik32S.jpg (6218 bytes) Kralik33S.jpg (6696 bytes)
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Photo 34, right, shows a second cruet, in gold/clear with looped violet decor-ation. Brohan , N. 372, shows a larger version of it, attributed in Die Kunst 4 (1901) to the studio of Koloman Moser and J.M. Olbrich for Bakalowitz (coincidentally, 369 and 270 correspond to the PMC IV: The vase on the left, showing the same "typical Eleonorenhain"combination, must then be Kralik.
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The three vases in Photo 35, 36 are blue/gold/clear, blown from the top (no pontils), like the vase in Photo 34. Here we have a particular color combination in two distinctive decorations: clear glass with golden iridescence and glass splinters or flecks and random concentric lines in either violet or blue. A Phillips catalogue from June 10, 1998, lots 127 and 129, features two blue trailings/gold cylindrical vases from this line, (though the glass is described as "green"), in elaborate metal frames. They are attributed to "Loetz", in the range of $1,200-1,800.
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In a European glass catalogue I found a vase (see b/w picture) belonging to this family, whose shape corresponds to the left hand vase in Photo 38: beige glass powder/clear and a distinctive stylized leaf decoration.. I have seen a variant of the right-hand vase in "Helios" glass.
The PMC:267 shows a bowl in silvery yellow glass powder over clear glass, and wide randomly placed bands in blue-green glass The two vases in Photo 37 show further examples from this particular line.

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