Posted 2 years ago
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.
DO NOT FALL INTO THE "IT'S IN THE BOOK" FALLACY. MOST OF THE LOETZ I OWN IS NOT IN THE BOOK!