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Posted 5 years ago


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Clear glass, ruby overlay, acid etched and cut. It is 9`` wide, 6.5 `` tall. Not signed.
Loetz cameo is poorly documented. It seems that overlay blanks were widely produced and cut and finished elsewhere. The décor is strikingly similar to Loetz signed vase (picture 3) and the same shape and décor of the bowl sold as ``Loetz bowl`` by a reputable auctioneer (picture 4).The ruby overlay bowl is either Loetz (less probable) or cut and acid etched by other glassmaker. The similarity of the décor, i.e. the flowers and the leaves and the shape is very obvious. It is either made by the same glassmaker or the same décor was made by many glassmakers who must have been in close contact. In this particular case there is too much similarity to be the coincidence.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Now this is a nice rose bowl. The quality of the work is wonderful; the bending of the petals and leaves is so nicely achieved. The shape of that foot is so elegant. Do you think it's acid etched or hand detailed? (or both?) Thank you for sharing this beautiful bowl.
  2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 5 years ago
    Thanks for your kind comment. The décor is the combination of acid etching and hand finishing cut on the wheel (exactly what you suggested). Acid etching added softness. The ruby casing is rather thick – it must have been first wheel cut, then acid etched and then again cut for details. Unfortunately, the literature references on Loetz cameo glass are rather scarce, but it is known that cased blanks were made by Loetz and then sold to other glassmakers for finishing them. Still, in this case there is striking similarity of the décor and the form with signed Loetz pieces.
  3. ellisbee, 5 years ago
    Exquisite!! Thank you for sharing :)
  4. vetrissimo, 5 years ago
    Quote: "it is known that cased blanks were made by Loetz and then sold to other glassmakers for finishing them."
    Not glass MAKERS as such but small finishing workshops which specialized in either cutting, engraving, cold painting, enamelling etc. of which there were many, serving all the major glass factories in Bohemia at that time. However I'd be surprised if Loetz did have its own finishing shop too in which they would have concentrated on the best pieces. Cameo cutting is particularly highly skilled. Whether this was within the abilities of the local cutting shops or not, I cannot say. One is also lead to wonder who was responsible for the designs.
    The leaf detail shown in pic 2 is particularly impressive to me and is very similar to a very finely cut single colour piece I have.

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