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Loetz Art Glass1337 of 1568LOETZ PAPILLON, CANTZ DOCUMENTEDLoetz Medina c. 1905
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Posted 4 years ago


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Germans are not known for making anything simple. And so it is with the massive Loetz design book, Vol. 2 of the 1989 Ricke set, and its reduction into a CD when the Ricke was translated into English and became Cantz.

The old paper volume has a decisive advantage. It lists items in the back by shape number and tells you what decors were produced in that shape. It weighs a ton. It helps if you are a bodybuilding octopus.

That feature is absent from the Cantz. You also lose the Vol. year and date--all that is given is the design number.

But--and it is a very big but--, the CD at least allows you (click on Images) to peruse the holdings page by page. Once more, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. And worse. There are 5000 images reproduced, not even 1% of the 89,000 reportedly found. Most of those, as you slowly discover as you think you are losing your sanity, reappear obsessively. Moreover, there are objects you do not recognize at all. At one point, you being to doubt your senses.

So I decided to make this jumbled maze of information work for me.
I have gone page by page, pulling out:
a) designs of vases I know I have.
b) every design showing a shade and a lamp.

I am showing two small cabinet vases, both of which were included in multiple design drawings (usually three to a drawing), so they go easily unnoticed if you are distracted or just plain tired.

When working with this difficult research instrument, you must have keep in mind that:

1. It is but the tip of a very big iceberg.
2. The designs included represent a choice from the curators. Mostly high end.
3. You will not find most of your Loetz there, including some of the most common shapes.
4. But you will find shapes which will remind you quite eerily of vases by other manufacturers. I'd venture to say versions of Loetz designs were soon to be mass reproduced all over Europe.
5. Or you may find the decor, but not the shape or size.

As long as you have the original Cd, you can disassemble the catalog to fit you needs.

So, pull out a glass of wine and start working!

I dedicate this page to Deb P, whose own expertise has inspired me to get off my you-know-what.



  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 4 years ago
    I am such a huge fan of matching the drawings with a known example.
  2. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 4 years ago
    It is so much fun to be able to match a drawing with a known example but as you say there are thousands of pieces out there that continue to be mysteries. When in doubt and unable to find a shape or definitive decor, I use the lowly and to my knowledge not copied (why would you? Ha!) "Rusticana" as proof that something is or is not Loetz. Today I was elated to find a Rusticana bowl that perfectly matched the shape of my rare, yellow Papillon! Thanks for all the work and research you do, Al. We all learn so much from your discoveries.
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    Do not play "by the book". I like finding matching pieces, but I am perfectly aware the game was rigged.
  4. Hornet Hornet, 4 years ago
    Nice Alfredo . I like it : )
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    To my amazement, the Chine, Rusticana, Glatt, and most Papillon in my collection, is quite well documented in the Design Book.
  6. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 4 years ago
    I have to say that hearing your comments has done me a power of good. If you can have such experiences I will try to remember and be much easier on myself. :O) Thank you more than I can say. I will try the approach of taking small bites and see if I can make progress that way. If nothing else I have more hope. ;o)

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