Posted 5 years ago
This set of shades come with a little story. Shortly after I started seriously selling vintage lighting I had the opportunity to purchase a fixture with five of these shades. I was thrilled to bits. I knew they were Bohemian but had no clue that they might be Loetz. I had of course oodles of hope that they might be but didn't really for a minute think that they could actually be so. I had to sell the fixture and the shades becaue my Beagle needed some surgery so off they went and Bertie was good as new. I missed the shades and often thought that they were definitely the ones that got away. Not that I had regrets about my dog but the shades always stayed with me. Most of my collection of shades at that time were Victorian eye candy shades very few were Art Nouveau although I did have a couple.
Years later I was trolling ebay as one does when sleep is elusive, and up popped one of the shades. I was over the moon. I purchased the shade only to find through correspondence with the owner that there were three more. They were offered to me and fortunately I could manage to purchase them. So then I had four again. I tried many times to determine which company may have made them and then in 2001 my head blew up. I had brain aneurysms one of which decided to bleed. No fun. This could have been the end of that story but eventually after several trips back to the hospital a CT scan and then finally we insisted that they do a spinal tap and Viola. No fluid just blood so then we had their attention. ;O) I was rushed to a hospital in Toronto and met an amazing Neurosurgeon who was able to keep me alive after three major bleeds and operate. Needless to say I was in a huge pickle when I finally was allowed to come home. Having a shower, eating, etc was a huge mountain to climb so my business and my collection were there but I was not. ;o) After a few years of therapy and then a lot of work on my own I began to try and reconnect with my former life as much as possible. I am definitely not playing with a full deck but I am here and that certainly beats the other option I had. ;o) Now back to the shades. Just before my head blew up I was building a great library of art glass books and Loetz was certainly one of my favourite subjects. Since then I still have my books but learning anything new is quite a challenge. I should say quite hit and miss.
I belonged to an Art Glass Discussion Group and during the the last 11 years a few new members joined who are very very knowing when it comes to Bohemian shades. One gentleman writes for Eddy's site and his articles are wonderful. Another man offers amazing pieces of Loetz for sale on the Group, Sundays are allowed for offering things or searching. So with those two people on the group. I decided to have another go and I posted the images I had of my shades. But the images were dreadful and I was asked to post better ones. This was quite a trial. First someone walked off with my camera, then when I finally replaced it I had the dreaded learning curve, which is now a small mountain,;o) but in the end I did get the images you see here. And then I posted to my Group. And guess what happened? I know I got two responses. One from Reyne who told me they were Loetz and another from a dear man who had an image of one of these shades on a small figural lamp but here is the best bit. The lamp and shade are in the Passau museum. The shade is indeed listed as Loetz.
I mean what are the chances? I should also tell you that in my little world seeing Loetz glass is not something that happens often. For me to find a set of such shades once was almost a once in a life time thing and then to find another...... and then to be alive to find out that they are indeed Loetz well could it get any better than that? ;o)
So here I am complete with Bragging Rights. I would be thrilled with any and all comments you care to share with me concerning the shades.
I also wanted to know if there is a formula for determining the value of sets? If a single is worth X we know that usually a pair is worth more than 2X a trio more than 3x, four shades more than 4X etc. How much more would a set of five be worth? Or is it impossible to be know on more than a case by case basis?
Oh dear it did say that I should write as much as I like but I fear I may have put you all to sleep. As you no doubt noticed I am more than a little excited.
I have more Bohemian shades that I would love to share if anyone is interested. Please just let me know. Thank you for your time. I appreciate being able to read your postings and be a part of this lovely resource. I did try to offer some information on shades several weeks ago but I couldn't seem to login afterwards so I have now registered again and will make a point to write down everything I need to get back to you.
P.S. I hope you will excuse spelling, grammar, and lack or too much punctuation. Sorry but this is now as good as it will get. Oh goodness I can't believe I actually get to push the Loetz art glass button.;o)