ANTONIN RÜCKL & SONS 1919-1939
Including WILHELM KRALIK & SONS Czech Glass
This page is going to explore and study a very intriguing Czech Art Deco period glass decor, one that has been confused as Loetz and Murano, or left with an unknown attribution.
My opinion is that it is a glass product of great quality made by A. Rückl & Sons. I will show a selection of shapes and color combinations of this decor which has been named previously DIAMOND BUBBLE by other collectors, and I will keep this name for the sake of simplicity. I respect the research that has been done with this decor already and if it includes a name given to describe it, it is best for the collector community to be consistent with terms, so we all know what the name means. Just as was the approach in reference to any other type of decorative vintage or antique ware.
One of the difficulties with this particular decor is that it is rare, the shapes used were had other decors I consider Rückl, but this is not found for all. As I provide images, you will see what I mean. The overall choice of decors is large, yet only applied to some of the shapes of the diamond bubble decor pieces found. This is part of the exciting and enjoyable work involved in the discovery of the identity of art glass and it's maker, not previously done successfully. Images shown first are groupings of diamond bubble decors on various shapes and with different color combinations. So far I have been able to document seven shapes, which correspond to Rückl glass items.
The glass has a white opaque interior surface, then a diamond criss cross light colored glass application was created inserting air bubbles exactly in the center of each. The base has a pulled shimmy pfau effect (flames) which contrast nicely with the other color used. The final exterior finish is a good layer of clear smooth glossy glass.
SELECTION OF DIAMOND BUBBLE GLASS DECOR PIECES, IN A FEW COLORS.
(Images provided by Jericho Mora, as many on this site have been - thank you.)
SELECTION OF EIGHT SHAPES WITH THE MANY APPLIED GLASS DECORS FOUND ON THEM.
NOTE THE ITEM SIZES VARY AS WELL AS THE HOT GLASS MOLD TREATMENT AND THE CUT RIM PLACEMENTS.