Kralik Loetz Decor Basket Vase - MAGNIFICENT Art Nouveau
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From our personal collection...This is a MAGNIFICENT Art Nouveau Kralik Loetz Decor Basket Vase. White Glass with Red Threads inside overlay with Clear Glass and measures almost 6" (15cm) in height. Although unmarked, it's origin is Czechoslovakia, maker William Kralik Sohne and date of production is estimated around 1905-1915. No chips, No cracks, No repairs - Damage Free! An OUTSTANDING piece of Art Glass to display as a centerpiece on your table or inside your curio cabinet.
A little about the Factory - Wilhelm Kralik Sohne...
Josef Meyr started in 1816 with a glasshouse that was located on the estate of Prince Albert von Schwarzenburg. Meyr was in his 80s at this time and already was operating four other glass factories. When he died in 1829, all the glass factories passed to his son, Jan, who then added another factory to his holdings and won a number of awards for his glass. Jan died in 1841 and the company passed to his nephews, Josef Taschek and Wilhelm Ritter von Kralik.
When Taschek died, Wilhelm Ritter von Kralik changed the name of the company to "Meyr's Neffe," ( Formerly Adolfshutte glassworks ) and when Wilhelm Ritter von Kralik died in 1877 the ownership of the various glass factories was divided among his four sons, Karl, Hugo, Heinrich and Johann.
Karl and Hugo retained the name "Meyr's Neffe" for their enterprise. Meyr's Neffe was a well known and highly regarded glass factory that worked for such famous designers as Hoffmann and Prutcher in collaboration with Lobmeyer and Bakalowitz in Vienna. After the death of Karl in 1899, his two sons, Albert and Rudolph, took over the firm and they where keeping the "Meyr's Neffe" name. In 1922 the firm was Taken over by Ludwig Moser & Sohne and re-named it Karlsbad Crystalglassworks.
Henrich and Johann changed the name of their factories to "Wilhelm Kralik Sohne" and started working in Eleonoranhein and Ernstbrunn. As time went on, this company, which closed just before the beginning of World War II, became famous for its glass in the Art Nouveau style.
Art Nouveau glass is distinguished by its naturalistic themes and by the use of sensuously curving lines instead of sharp angles and straight lines.
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