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These are a wonderful early vintage antique pair of Bohemian Jugendstil Art Nouveau Mother of Pearl opal iridescent quilted glass vases by Kralik.
They are quite remarkable in terms of their quality and appeal as just one vase alone is a very desirable.
You will find various examples of these Kralik vases here in my shop and these are the earliest in date and quite different from my others as are listed.
To achieve the wonderful iridescence and the shape formation of these vases a gather of white glass was firstly blown to the approximate final size and into a round, pattern mold to decorate it with diamond-quilts and then blown again into a wooden peg mold in order to form their bulbous shape.
Once released from this mold and whilst the glass was still hot metallic salts were sprayed onto all exterior surfaces. The timing of the procedure was critical.
The heat of the glass was carefully monitored by the master who made these exceptional vases before then casing them both with clear crystal so as to trap the pearly-iridescent qualities beneath.
The resulting effects are beautifully subtle.
Each vase has shimmering rainbow hues of cased opal, Mother of Pearl.
Pinks, purples & blues change in an instant into greens & yellows, whilst the casing of clear crystal forever traps the colours for all time.
They are an exceptionally tactile pair of vases and also heavy for their size which is a further indication of their quality and early date.
The vases have no pontil mark to their bases which is not at all uncommon for these Austrian vase types. No ponty rod was attached during the making process as both Vases were blown & formed entirely from their tops only.
Once cooled in an annealing oven each top was cut to size and height leaving a top edge which was polished rather than sealing by heat. Later dated pattern type examples are often seen with metal mounts to their vertical tops however these did not appear until some years later and the flared tops to this pair of vases demonstrates that metal mounts were not intended.
Both are in next to perfect condition with just a roughness of feel to each rim which is typical and acceptable for these vase types.
ALL Mother of Pearl opal iridescent vases by Kralik are magnificent however this exceptional & rare pair are in a field of their own and will undoubtedly add much delight to your collection whilst also being an established wise investment
Do not allow them to pass you by.
Heights: 3.5 inches Top diameters: 4 inches Base diameters: 3 inches Postage weight: 2k
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