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BOHEMIAN CZECH GLASS5 of 11Loetz Cephalonia VaseHarrach "Peloton" Vase, ca. 1880s
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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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FOR THE LONGEST TIME I HAVE BEEN BEMOANING THE FACT I ONLY HAD ONE LOETZ SPIRALOPTISH AND ONLY KRALIK INKWELLS, NOT A VASE.

AND IN THE SPACE OF 48 HOURS, I FOUND THEM.

PIC. 1: KRALIK. A PIECE WHICH CONFIRMS THAT THOSE VASES I PREVIOUSLY CALLED STOLZLE ARE IN REALITY KRALIK. 8", BLOWN IN A MOLD.

A WHILE AGO WE HAD A DISCUSSION ON THE POSSIBLE ORIGINS OF THE PATTERN. WE POINTED TO VAN GOGH'S "STARRY NIGHT" AND JAPANESE SAND GARDENS. HOWEVER, WHEN I LOOKED AT THIS VASE, THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS A KLIMT FABRIC. IN REALITY, IT IS ONE OF MANKIND'S EARLIEST SYMBOLS.

PIC. 2: THE "TWO OF A KIND".

PICS. 3, 4: LOETZ CANDIA SILBERIRIS SPIRALOPTISCH, MATCHING THE OLYMPIA JUG I HAD ALREADY POSTED. ONLY 3.75" HIGH (A MINI?) IDENTICAL TO THE ONE ON THE 1905 LOETZ.COM PAGE. BY THE WAY, DEALER'S PICTURES.

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  1. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    The Kralik Spiraloptish and the inkwell in my opinion is far more beautiful!! absolutely need to get my hands on :)
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    Have you seen the Loetz Olympia SOP pitcher?
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/35381-loetz-one-shape-three-versions
  3. Slave-to-glass Slave-to-glass, 2 years ago
    They are all stunning!! The first two do seem more defined though...
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    You both have just committed Loetz heresy!
  5. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
    Hermann Eiselt,Steinschönau, the same decor in gold.
    Indeed,the pattern must be very old.
  6. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    LOL........... ;)
  7. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
    Metal parts and glass; it is better to leave it like this on the vase pictures 1 and 2, but is often needed to fix one (inkwells, e.g.). Gypsum plaster or commercial glues are often used.
    I have no idea what the original recipe was, but this seems the closest:

    1. Scotch glue (animal glue) pearls soaked overnight to swell
    2. Heat the pearls at low temperature – they will turn into glue
    3. Ad zinc oxide and mix well until the glue becomes creamy
    4. Apply to either metal or glass and fix it
    5. Use damp cloth to remove the excess glue

    The only disadvantage is bad smell in the kitchen but the glue is perfect and water soluble.



  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    I like removable metal fixings!
  9. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    The Loetz arrived recently, packed in One layer of bubble wrap, with only a few pieces of popcorn and the smallest USPS box--banged on one side. When I opened it, I found a crack not reported in the description. Wrote the dealer, who insisted it was a straw mark and offered full refund ONLY AFTER receiving it back. I am sure he intends to resell it, so I will keep it so he can't, but will report him to E-Bay for fraudulent description.
  10. dragonflyjohn, 2 years ago
    Al, as an archaeologist I have been fortunate to see 'spiral designs' from 6,000 years ago in the European passage grave art, so similar to the 'spiraloptisch'. Try newgrange .com and click on 'kerbstones' and then K1 for just one example. Afterall anyone 'doodling' for the first time will most likely soon come up with spirals!
  11. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    tHANK YOU! I HAVE A WHOLE BOOK ON THE SPIRAL-- AND I HAVE WORKED ON DANTE. MOST PEOPLE DO NOT EVEN KNOW THE SWASTIKA IS A DEBASED SACRED SUN SYMBOL!

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