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Loetz Creta Glatt "Spaceship Vase", Form Nr. Unknown, ca. 1900

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Loetz Art Glass852 of 1097Loetz Opalescent vase with Putti Prunts, ca. 1936,  Michael Powolny designLOETZ BRONZE GLATT II
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Posted 2 years ago

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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.

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  1. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 2 years ago
    What an amazing piece of glass. Yes, technically a very difficult design and fortunate that past owner(s) took such good care of this piece for you to find it completely undamaged. I am so glad you are its new owner!
  2. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    green is my fav color as well... i LOVE this piece!!
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    I do not mind green as much as I did before. First time I see this variation. Mine is in the more common Candia Silberiris with applied green feet, and another variation in frosted Neptune with applied green feet. No mention of any in the Design Book.
  4. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 2 years ago
    I LOVE GREEN (AND BLUE) TOO. THE "FINS" LOOK LIKE THE ONES ON THE PG 1/844 VARIANT POSTED HERE EARLIER.
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    A question: are the feet pulled out from the mass, or are they applied to the surface?
  6. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Al, the feet are pulled down from the mass - not applied. Pretty amazing, really. Look at the enlarged version of photo No. 3 - you can see it clearly.
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Magnificent!
  8. jericho jericho, 2 years ago
    looks like both things are at work- applied piece and body of the glass pulled together. even harder to do...
  9. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 2 years ago
    I say buy what you like. green or amber or clear or some other more exotic color... in the long run. it is indeed loetz.. if it's pretty... it's still pretty!

    That said I think there are better greens than others. This is a nice green.

    it's an awesome piece!
  10. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    Now that Jericho points it out, the gold/green vases operate the same way: pulled and imbedded, not like the frosted Neptunes, where the chain feet are clearly applied.

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