Kralik "Bacillus"

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Written by Alfredo Villanueva-Collado, Ph.D.



    Some of the most spectacular iridescent inkwells to be found can definitely  be attributed  to Kralik, most probably the leading inkwell Czech manufacturer of the Art Nouveau period. The Passau Museum Catalogue, IV:271 shows a small vase in what it calls “ a typical Eleonoranheim combination of iridescent yellow and violet.” The décor, called “Stäbchensplitter” or “bacillus-rod” in German, was inspired by the development of emerging biological sciences.  It consists of random cranberry flecks applied to clear glass with golden spotting invested with heavy clear or purple iridescence. A variant shows blue flecks, and there is a cobalt blue variant with cranberry flecks (see  page 4 of the Kralik article at for complete information).

I have 4 “bacillus-rod” inkwells in my collection.  I  found a fifth shape on the internet.

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