Bohemian Art Nouveau Jugendstil Mother of Pearl Glass Vase by Kralik


This is very unusual `Mother of Pearl' pattern vase by Kralik, due to its foot formation and casing of glass.

Not to be confused with the air-trapped vase types termed as `Mother of Pearl' that were produced in wide variety of colours, these pieces by Kralik display different characteristics which all have the same colour of pearly white iridescence with either `orange peel – like' textured surfaces or as this vase completely smooth.

(please see my group photograph which I have provided for display purposes and for size & scale. Each vase shown is currently listed separately unless marked as sold)

It is only during the last decade that the extensive production of glass pattern types can be attributed to Kralik, through research. Most Kralik glass is not signed and very few original documents and records are in existence or available. Wilhelm Kralik Sohne, reputedly produced the largest volume of Bohemian Art Glass during the early c20th., much of which rivals the glass of Loetz, for example.

As many as seven glass works were operational under the collective name of Meyr's Neffe, during the late 1880s, and their inspirational iridescent glass of the Art Nouveau period was inarguably as good as any other factory using iridescent techniques.

To produce this vase a gather of white glass was sprayed with metallic salts to provide it with shimmering iridescence, before then casing the vase in clear crystal and blowing the glass into a pegged mould to achieve its bulbous shape. There is no pontil mark to the foot of this piece, which indicates that all of the working procedures were performed from the top of the piece, which is also a common characteristic of these Bohemian vase types.

The vase has a luxurious quality about it and it is an exceptionally tactile piece. The generous stem and also the foot, raises this otherwise squat-formed vase, into a league of its own, particularly when displayed with lower level pattern types by Kralik, as my photographs perhaps demonstrate.

As is the case with these vase types, the top rim has not been polished. It is rough to the touch however this is a common factor due to the method of manufacture. The tops of these vases were simply `cut off' and left as are, for the addition of a metal mount if required at time of purchase.

The condition of this piece is excellent, save for a shell flake flea-bite to the top rim which is mentioned here for accuracy of description. This is a very fine example of Mother of Pearl for your collection and its pattern & formation is scarce.

Height: 7.5 inches Widest diameter: 6 inches Top diameter: 4 inches Foot diameter: 4 inches Postage weight: 2k

Item ID: JJ818

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