This rare antique art glass biscuit barrel was made by Wilhelm Kralik Sohne, founded in 1815 by Josef Meyr in Bohemia. The piece has been made in Kralik's relief floral pattern known as "Abstract Flower", and features three large applied stylized blossoms in addition to trailing curvilinear vine-like shapes, all of which have been executed in shades of pink and white on a heavily iridized green glass ground with an amethyst sheen. The glass is unsigned.
The biscuit barrel has been fitted with a nickel plated copper collar, swing handle and lid which were manufactured by Würtemburgische Metallwaren Fabrik AG, also known as WMF. The lid has a simple loop handle which is soldered to the top while the swing handle has a shaped Art Nouveau form. The exterior of the collar bears the early WMF ostrich mark which was in use until 1914, best seen in photo 10.
The glass portion of the biscuit barrel is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches and has minimal shelf wear on the foot related to age. The metal portion is original to the piece and is free of repairs. As an antique item, there are additional signs of age present consisting of significant wear/loss to the nickel plated finish and minor crimping to the edges of the lid itself, all of which is mentioned for accuracy. The underside of the lid remains bright and shiny.
The biscuit barrel stands 6.5" tall as measured from the display surface to the top of the collar and is 10.5" tall when the handle is extended. The opening at the top of the biscuit barrel is 3.75" in diameter while the 4" diameter lid rests on the lip located inside the mouth. The body of the piece is approximately 6" wide. The biscuit barrel weighs in at 1lbs 14oz.
This highly collectible Kralik biscuit barrel displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a grouping of antique Bohemian glass, or works equally well showcased on its own. An unusual antique find!
Antique Kralik Abstract Flowers Iridescent Bohemian Art Glass Biscuit Barrel