Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885

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This is a small Bohemian art glass pitcher or vase, called Peloton glass. The maker is Harrach. The inventor of Peloton glass was William Kralik when he was the Director at Harrach, and the invention was patented in October, 1880.

The glass is clear with pink or red threads.

The pitcher is 5 ½" high and 4 ½" wide at the belly. The handle is also threaded and applied to the base of the pitcher. The rim is round, with one small indentation caused by the glassmaker (not a flaw that has been smoothed professionally) and as such has been there since inception. I show the indentation in a photo. The pontil is round, indented and smooth, with some thread continuing into the pontil area.

The pink threads are mostly on the surface of the glass, though the handle shows that threads are also part of the clear glass.

Peloton glass starts out as clear, opaque white or transparent colored, and then the glass is rolled or dipped into threads of other colors while the glass is hot, so that the threads might be embedded into the glass or raised up on the surface. The threads are also referred to as "shredded cocoanuts." After the glass was dipped or rolled around in the colored glass threads, the glass would be reheated and then hand formed to achieve the desired shape. I mention all of this because for this pitcher the dip at the rim, the type of handle, the lightness in weight of the glass, and the smoothness of the pontil all indicate authenticity and conform to being hand dipped into pink threads and hand molded after being reheated.

There are no chips, nicks or cracks.

Item ID: RL-613

Bohemian Harrach Kralik Art Glass Pitcher Vase Pink Red Threads on Clear Peloton c 1885

$375 USD

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