Posted 2 years ago
New York City used to have a great flea market on 6th Ave. and 26th St. One Sunday on 1978, I saw this beautiful twisted vase that reminded me of the skirt of a young woman in a poster I had just bought. It was dirt cheap and I got it. that December, while window shopping in the Village, I saw the second vase. My roommate wanted it, but did not buy it outright. i went back to the store on my own, and bingo, I got it. A week later, while going through a Sotheby's catalog, my sister saw it. We were stunned: a Loetz with a hefty estimate! From then on, everything that was iridescent had to be Loetz. Meanwhile, I had started to dream of a large green iridescent pitcher. But a shop in my neighborhood had a tomato red iridescent vase that freaked me out. I bought it. Months later, i was taking a friend home. We passed by a store with darkened windows. but there, shimmering in the darkness, was the pitcher I had been dreaming about!
It turned out my pieces were not all Loetz, only the frosted green and the green pitcher. The other two were Kralik and Rindskopf respectively. I was already addicted, and Czech glass was still relatively inexpensive. I still have those very first four pieces!