Posted 3 years ago
Conventional wisdom when collecting Loetz is that green is "ordinary" because it's the easiest color to make and therefore the most common, but this is unfortunate thinking to me for a couple of reasons: 1) green is my favorite color, and 2) this is still Loetz we're talking about, and when you find a piece like this, you can't help but marvel at the innovation and creativity that these artists were displaying over 100 years ago! The weaving of the applied "fins" into the six extruded feet of exactly the same length took a great deal of skill. Like some futuristic house on stilts, or an alien landing craft, this must have really commanded some attention at the time it was created. It stands about 6" tall, and about 9.5" wide. I consider it extremely fortunate that there are absolutely no chips or cracks - and grateful to those who took good care of it over the last century!
I have seen pieces like this one in other shapes, colors, and decors, and while there is no disputing that they are Loetz, the original design drawings are not in the published literature as yet.