Posted 9 years ago
Kyle's earlier post of a beautifully enameled early Rubin Metall
sent me scrambling to find a piece that I have in my collection that 1) has the same decoration, 2) I have always suspected was early Loetz, and 3) is not found in any Loetz literature, anywhere, yet (shape or decor). This vase has a satin finish, and the color spreads gently from pink at the top, to a peach/orange color at the bottom. And it has Kyle's five-petaled blue and white flowers and vines with little dots of color in clusters... very much the same decoration. I believe Alisa has one like this in her collection, as well. When Alfredo posted his elephant the other day, I thought, "oh, I guess I only have one elephant in my collection (a little Moser one)", but in a different context, I realized that I actually several "elephants in the room" - namely, pieces like this one, and, as I will examine in part 2 of this article, the enameled pieces we have collectively come to know as "satin moriage" - pieces that are unmistakably Loetz, but are not covered in any of the currently published literature. We don't really talk about them, because the only proof we have is empirical. With Kyle's post, it seemed to me like a good time to bring these pieces back up for discussion?