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 matte white vase was designed by Manfred Frey, who apprenticed with the company in 1955 and became their Head Designer in 1970. Designs like this brought Frey many awards and catapulted Kaiser into the age of Op Art. The bottom of the vase has a blue printed crowned AK mark (for Alboth Kaiser) with KAISER GERMANY printed beneath. The mold number 0328 is impressed along one edge, with the M. Frey script signature incised along another edge (so faint it was impossible to photograph--but it's there.)
The raised decorations on each side feature large, stylized hibiscus flowers on curving stems, with swooping leaves. The rounded edge of the beaker form vase is decorated with embossed leaves; the tip of the central leaf is curved off the surface of the vase. The teardrop shaped mouth that measures 4 1/2 inches from the rounded edge to the opposite point. It's an interesting, asymmetrical shape that measures 5 3/4 inches tall and weighs 9 ounces.
The vase dates from 1990, when Kaiser began using this particular mark, and it's in pristine condition. Fully glazed on the interior in high gloss, it can hold fresh flowers safely. In addition to being a beautiful, classic piece, this is one of the more difficult mold numbers to find. It's the last of a collection we purchased and sold over the last year. As a highly decorative vase, it's a beautiful Op Art, modern find.
P.S. The M. Frey signature on Kaiser vases does not stand for Michaela Frey; she was an Austria-based designer who primarily made enameled jewelry. She passed away in 1980. more than a decade before this vase was designed by Manfred Frey and produced by Kaiser.