Posted 9 months ago
Long before I knew what my Silberband ribbon bowl was (pic. 1), I was aware of the Loetz Hoffstätter design 351-Phan 3777, that bore a striking similarity to its shape (pic. 2). The actual vase appears in Loetz books, since it was made for the Paris 1900 Exhibition.
I was also conscious that mine appeared in other sizes and other decors, all from the Silberband family, including a version in cobalt blue. As usual, they are marketed as Loetz. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for market misattributions to be corrected.
Now, however, Stephania Zelenko, the Passau Museum curator, has uncovered a similar design in a Heckert book (pic. 3), which raises all kinds of interesting questions.
Given the level of manufacturing incest among Czech glass companies during this period, it would be foolish to speak of plagiarism or piracy. All I can say is that, except for the lip, to my eyes my bowl looks more like the Loetz design than the Heckert's at least in the elongation of the body. Judge for yourself.
ADDENDUM: I found the Loetz 351 (now pic. 4). PMC IV:30, No lips, no dimples.