ANTONIN RÜCKL & SONS 1919-1939
Including WILHELM KRALIK & SONS Czech Glass
KRALIK - WEBBED DECOR
This is another Czech glass decor I have been investigating for over a year. The main reason is one glass piece, the plain baluster vase with short upper rim neck, 1st photo, top left, which is very similar to a Rückl baluster vase shape, shown below. This type of glass application is called a webbed pulled glass décor (Joe Mattis called it 'muscle'), with a contrasting color to the dark glass base. As you can see it has been done in several shades of red, purple, yellow, chartreuse green, and brown on a dark magenta or amethyst black glass. These pieces are also mostly marked or signed (when they are) with a single Czechoslovakia word imprint on the base in white, rarely inside a large oval. After looking at many of the shapes used, several of which are definitely Kralik attributed with other confirmed Kralik decors, I had to conclude all of these glass pieces are by Kralik and none by Rückl. This also confirms that Kralik did use several types of EXPORT marks on their Czech era glass produced in their multiple plants during the interwar period. Four of the Rückl glass vase shape I am referring to here have different heights and decors as seen below. The Kralik multiple item shapes are shown with two grids, seen on the right of the text. To conclude, I am providing more Kralik glass pieces, in two more grids with a few of the shapes, bearing other attributed Kralik glass decors.
Rückl Glass Baluster Vases
ANOTHER KRALIK MARK - A definitive possibility
It is always difficult to accept a new researched concept, especially in the Art Deco Czech decorative glass field. I am providing additional marks to bolster my point of another Kralik mark used on some of their glass, which are consistently found on at least two of the Kralik decors and shapes I have provided here, the bright webbed glass decor on a dark glass ground, and the millefiori decor on a dark ground with interior red opaque glass lining. I may add more pieces when my research allows it. The mark is in a different font with a capital letter C for Czechoslovakia, all in one straight line, seen with a smudged stamped white acid effect. The mark is small, less than 2 inches long or 5 cm, measured on my own Czech glass collection's pieces.
Some of the other decorated pieces seen here which share a shape (such as the bowls) with the webbed and millefiori decor glass items, have the other Kralik accepted mark, the large acid etched arch mark with open 'O' letters. As usual, some pieces are not marked at all.
This paragraph demonstrates that two decors by Kralik, share the same shape and the unique straight line mark shown here. I chose the familiar black millefiori on a red glass base, with a webbed example in most cases, the last image are lidded jars in the millefiori decor and a partial Kralik red spatter glass decor in black and white already seen as a Kralik decor on the page 'MoreCzech-I'.
A FINAL KRALIK MARK ATTRIBUTION PROOF:
Two compotes in the same shape: one with the webbed yellow on black decor, and one in the tango style with a glossy black glass exterior and bright orange interior lining. The black foot rest of the tango compote displays the documented Kralik arch mark with open 'O', in this instance, note the variation in size and angle of the two compotes.