Share your favorites on Show & Tell

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

In Art Glass > Loetz Art Glass > Show & Tell.
crayzmunkee's loves1 of 42bell hop monkeyArt Nouveau Pallme-König Frit Green Purple Iridescent Lobed Vase 2.75" Miniature
Love it
Like it

Michelleb007Michelleb007 loves this.
LauraHLauraH loves this.
MacArtMacArt loves this.
coloricolori loves this.
dasullywondasullywon loves this.
crayzmunkeecrayzmunkee loves this.
VintagefranVintagefran loves this.
Moonstonelover21Moonstonelover21 loves this.
smiatasmiata loves this.
LoetzBuddiesLoetzBuddies loves this.
manddmoirmanddmoir loves this.
vetrissimovetrissimo loves this. loves this.
Project_HarrachProject_Harrach loves this.
dlfd911dlfd911 loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 15 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 9 years ago

    (631 items)

    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.

    Loetz Art Glass
    See all
    Antique Hand Blown Loetz, Papillon Chestnut Oil Spot Art Glass Vase NR
    Antique Hand Blown Loetz, Papillon ...
    Antique Loetz Bohemian Austrian Hand Blown Art Glass Vase No Reserve
    Antique Loetz Bohemian Austrian Han...
    Loetz Art Glass Book: 'LOETZ. THE PASSION' - NBVD (2015, English / German edit.)
    Loetz Art Glass Book: 'LOETZ. THE P...
    Tall Art Nouveau Glass Vase w Thick Enamel Corn Loetz? French? Unknown Unmarked
    Tall Art Nouveau Glass Vase w Thick...
    Antique Hand Blown Loetz, Papillon Chestnut Oil Spot Art Glass Vase NR
    Antique Hand Blown Loetz, Papillon ...
    See all


    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
    2. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 9 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, 9 years ago
      Thanks for this. You have encouraged me to list my piece.
    4. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 9 years ago
      yes some times simplicity is exiting as this velvet vase, like the pinky clouds in printemps dawn...Lemon icecream from are the most.
    5. MacArt MacArt, 9 years ago
      great story
    6. LauraH LauraH, 8 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.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.