Posted 5 years ago
The Glassmarks lexicon lists a number of references to Loetz dekors lost / obscured by the mists of time ...
Among them is "Columbia" .... and nowhere else have I found even a mention ... produced for the Chicago World Trade Exhibition (Columbian Exhibition) in 1893 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Europeans rediscovering the Americas ...
.... conveniently dated by the factory (1492) and identified in gold numerals on the base ... Dekor III/210 ... H13.5" W 7.5" no pontil
Interesting from any number of viewpoints ...
* Base glass is Orange ! ... was expecting a Rubin ground ... orange was also used extensively early in the 1890's other dekors (particularly Chine)
* Demonstrates the use of surface iridescent finishes by Loetz in 1892-3
... and that these were displayed in the US at that time ... (Tiffany etc)
* Gold appears to be "applied cold" in layers ... building a 3 dimensional structure for the "medallion" and the decorative elements ...
* Gives an insight into the value of the internet as a search / research tool
* It is just a beautiful combination of history ... Columbus / 1893 / Loetz
... still takes my breath away ... the only drawback that I can see in finding things like this is in it's making the illness worse ...year 4 ... :-)