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Loetz Olympia, PN II-75, ca. 1900 - Pure and Simple

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    Posted 7 years ago

    bohemiangl…
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    I like to eat healthy, but every once in a while I love a good bowl of ice cream. I don't mean ice cream full of mix-ins, nuts, fruit, chocolate sauce, or caramel - I mean just plain, good old, vanilla ice cream. Back in the 1980s, Häagen-Dazs had a flavor called honey vanilla, and it was everything I loved about ice cream - smooth, sweet, and creamy. You could taste the quality of each ingredient in every spoonful. You could just let it melt on your tongue and savor the pure goodness of it. Alas, they retired the flavor in 1989, and I've been searching for a suitable replacement ever since.

    The reason I tell this story is that sometimes I find a piece of glass that evokes the same emotional response within me. Olympia is not exciting, as Loetz decors go - It's pure "coke-bottle" green, and it reacts weakly to UV light. Put it on a Loetz form, though - thrown in a few optic panels, and you get this - a little iridescent cabinet vase that basks in its simplicity, and in its quality. In your hand, you can appreciate its tactile and optical qualities, and look closely at its uniform iridescence, and you know it's something good, even if it doesn't exactly stack up to those fancy Phänomen genre and Ausführungen pieces. But, for the price of a few pints of Häagen-Dazs, I got a nice little cabinet vase that has survived intact for over one hundred years, is every bit as sweet, and won't melt or make me fat.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      beautiful!
    2. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 7 years ago
      Terrific post! (I loved honey-vanilla too!) The simple forms of some Loetz vases really do show off their lovely qualities.
    3. vetrissimo, 7 years ago
      Thanks for this. You have encouraged me to list my piece.
    4. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 years ago
      yes some times simplicity is exiting as this velvet vase, like the pinky clouds in printemps dawn...Lemon icecream from http://www.heladosbariloche.com.ar are the most.
    5. MacArt MacArt, 7 years ago
      great story
    6. LauraH LauraH, 6 years ago
      Wonderful story! And wonderful vase. I have the same one and I too consider it to be one of the best pieces in my - I admit, small - collection of Bohemian glass.

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