Posted 6 months ago
I managed to obtain a copy of the new line drawing book by Jitka Lnenickova, entitled "Loetz/Series II Paper Patterns for Glass from 1900-1914", though not without jumping through a few hoops to arrange it. This book has a lot more patterns in it than the old musterschnitte does (903 pages), although the old book encompasses a wider span of years. The first interesting find I have noted is this jug. For many years we have known that Loetz made some of these, and other companies copied the shape, but usually in different colors, even tango colors, and with different handle styles. Alfredo Villanueva made a couple of postings of his own jugs of this type. This is the first good documentation of them I have seen thus far, aside from an old black and white photo in the back of one book. The first photo shows my own example. The second is the paper pattern of it, with more info underneath. The size in the drawing is 200 mm (7 7/8 inches) high. My own example measures exactly 7 7/8 inches. According to this information, Loetz called this clear crackle "Kristall Krokodil". A fitting name, as the crackle resembles crocodile skin. Item D gives the designer. In this case, it is believed to be Marie Kirschner, rather than as previously attributed, Koloman Moser. The year of production for this piece is 1905, the production number is Series II PN 2824. Item E lists information obtained from factory invoices.
I just scanned another page that shows 4 more sizes of these, and added it to my photos. It mentions a couple more finishes used on them.