For sale is a lovely piece of art glass made by Wilhelm Kralik Sohn of Eleonorenhain Bohmen (Bohemia). This is now the modern day "Czech Republic". The vase is an optic ribbed vase with applied decorations. The vase is a nice cabinet size as it measures approximately 5 7/8" tall, 6 3/8" in diameter from the outside of the applied fruit decoration. The bottom of the vase measures 2 5/8" in diameter.
The vase displays a squat round shape with a raised neck. It has a lovely style of art glass similar to Steuben's Verre de Soie or glass of silk base glass. It has optic vertical ribbing throughout. On one side are two elongated grapes or plums fused to the surface of the glass with green leaves and stems. This is also similar to Steuben's Mat-Su-No-Ke style of art glass. The plums or grapes are done is a deep purple blue iridescent glass with the leaves showing detailed veins in the leaves. You can actually feel the grooves in the leaves and these are done in a green iridescence. The base glass has soft white to clear iridescent finish. The colors are just superb as you can see strong colorful iridescence throughout.
This vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no chips, cracks, nicks or dings. The vase has a polished top rim and no pontil mark on the bottom. This means the vase was blown from the top and cut from the blowing pipe at the top of the neck and then polished. This was quite common with the Bohemian glass blowers of the day. The vase is unsigned but the shape and decoration can be documented at the on-line Kralik Glass website. This pattern line was simply known as "Applied Fruit". This is the largest Kralik applied fruit vase I have ever owned and seen in my 43+ years as a collector and dealer.
http://www.kralik-glass.com/frametemplate.html Click on link to the left then click on Kralik visual index "A-M". Scroll down towards the right side 2nd from end and you will see this pattern "Applied Fruit". Click on it and it will open to show you the same shape.
This vase would make lovely addition to any Art Deco or Art Nouveau art glass collection. This vase was made circa 1905-1920.