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Posted 3 years ago

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LoetzBuddies
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Nice shading contrast from purple at the top to a light lavender at the bottom. "Texas" strands of glass make up the body. Gold iridescent wreath handles on the sides. Nice overall effect.
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  1. czechman czechman, 3 years ago
    Beautiful! why is it called texas?
  2. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    czechman : I have no idea why they call this body glass Texas. Maybe Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Ferdinand visited Texas !
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Texas reminds me of the pleated silk Hellenic gowns of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo. The glass seems to hug a profile underneath. Magical!
    As regards the name: SteveS gave this answer to my same question to famatta some months ago...... ".. off hand (i.e. what comes to mind) ... think of ropes and lassoes ... capturing the piece ... interestingly the derivation of lasso (spanish) also has something to do with lace work ..."

    I like the idea of "pleats" and "lasso". It makes sense to me.
    I note too the word Texas is the plural of the Spanish "texa" from the Caddo word for allies or friends. Interestingly you use the word "Empire" in your description too.

    And the handles are immaculate too!
  4. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    vetraio50 : thanks for the info. on the word Texas. Now it makes more sence.
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    NB Mac63 has just added a note about Texas and its meaning on his Empire vase: texere was the Latin verb 'to weave'.
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/54271-another-example-of-loetz-purple-empire?in=user
  6. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    Mac63 : I took Latin for 6 years so you would think I would have known the origin of texas.
  7. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 3 years ago
    Great vase and great group effort to define the word "Texas". I was recently at an auction with a glass artist friend of ours who showed us how they "looped" the glass threads up and down to create the Texas effect on a piece of Gloria that we were interested in. He was so enamored with that vase and how they created this decor! He said it was technically very difficult to make!
  8. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    LoetzDance : I have my eyes peeled for a nice Gloria. The woman who heads the glass dept. at an auction house in Boston recently called me to come in to look at a consignment that had come in. Right away I spotted a large Gloria on the slelf. We looked at it together (she had no idea it was Loetz) and SADLY it had several large cracks.
  9. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    sorry : shelf
  10. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 3 years ago
    Yes, sadley, it is difficult to find an example of this decor in excellent condition because the leaves and stems are so delicate. I purchased a large one a couple of years ago from Christies that was advertised as being in excellent condition but it arrived with an old repair showing yellowed glue that was used to reattach one of the stems & leaves. The one that I saw at auction a couple of weeks ago was absolutely stunning! It was in perfect condition with 6 leaves and quite large for a Gloria. It sold for $2200 plus the BP! I guess I will just have to continue to enjoy my 5" Gloria with 4 leaves!
  11. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 3 years ago
    I'D SETTLE FOR A 5 INCH GLORIA ANY DAY !
  12. SteveS SteveS, 3 years ago
    Golden handles / garlands, a finely interwoven texture with a purple / colored to clear base = Empire !
    Starts to give a feel for how politically sensitive / astute the owners of the Loetz company were.
    Thanks Frank, Vetraio & Mac63
  13. Imbearly1, 9 months ago
    I love this piece. I own a lot of amethyst and purple glass, but this is spectacular.

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