Matte White Kaiser Porcelain Vases
The Kaiser Porcelain company was founded in 1872 by August Alboth in Coburg, Germany; in 1926 his descendants Willi Alboth and Georg Kaiser took over the company. This collection of three matte white vases was designed by Manfred Frey, who apprenticed with the company in 1955 and became their Head Designer in 1970. Designs like these brought Frey many awards and brought Kaiser into the age of Op Art. The bottom of each vase has a blue printed crowned AK mark (for Alboth Kaiser) with KAISER GERMANY printed beneath. The four digit mold number is impressed along one edge, with the M. Frey script signature along another edge.
**The bowl vase is mold # 528, decorated on all surfaces with raised zinnias on their leafy stems, interspersed with butterflies. It weighs one pound, 6 ounces and measures 7 inches tall with a circumference of about 20 inches. The mouth is 4 inches across the rolled lip and the vase sits on a 3 inch diameter base.
**The tallest vase is mold # 330, decorated with a large, stylized hibiscus flower on a curving stem, with swooping leaves; the tip of the top leaf is curved off the surface of the vase. It has a teardrop shaped mouth that measures about 3 inches from the rounded edge to the point. That point creates a ridge down the side of the vase, creating a very interesting shape. This vase is 7 1/2 inches tall and weighs 1 pound 2 ounces.
****The smallest vase is mold # 328, with decorations identical with # 330. It also has a teardrop rim, but more elongated, measuring 4 1/2 inches end to end and has a body shape more cylinder than rounded. It's 5 1/2 inches tall and weighs 9 ounces.
All three of these vases date from 1990, when Kaiser began using this particular mark, and all are in pristine condition. They are fully glazed on the interiors in high gloss, so they can hold fresh flowers safely. In addition to being beautiful, classic pieces, they are all some of the more difficult mold numbers to find. As a highly decorative, instant collection, they are a wonderful find.
Note: The price is for all three vases, sold as a collection.