Posted 3 years ago
So, it's been so long since I posted, I'd got out of the habit. Then this arrived, and my posting fingers got itching. I might even know what this one is!
I think I'm on fairly safe ground saying Loetz, and the decor is commonly known by the shortened name Diana (referring specifically to the colour of the oilspots, but meaning green oilspots on ozone blue ground) - hold breath, wait for the corrections ....
Now, this is where I get brave and stick my head above the parapet to be be shot at - again. I don't have the new Loetz book, but the closest production drawing I can find is in Ricke II, page 277, Prod No 85/3747/1, designed by Holubetz for Bakalowits in about 1900. The drawing says it's 11" tall - and mine is 11" tall. However, making appropriate allowances for my lack of German, neither the drawing nor the notes on page 536 seem to suggest this was done in a Diana decor - there is mention of Olympia and Vulkan (which is apparently a brown tone).
Now, this is where it gets interesting. The only other drawing close to this is Prod No 680 (Ricke II, p 109), again 1900 - but that is 8" or 9" and the "handles" curl the wrong way. BUT the notes on p 429 for both the 8" and 9" version refer to Diana.
So, what do you think? From my point of view, I love it whatever. And my photos simply do not do it justice.