Posted 7 years ago
I recognize that glass research can be tricky, and I hate to make attributions based on a single data point, but in this case, I think the single point is a pretty strong one.
This gorgeous little bottle shaped vase came to me from Germany. The shape is published in Lötz Böhmisches Glas, 1880-1940, Band 2 - Katalog der Musterschnitte. Series I, PN 7807. The only notation on the line drawing is for a single decor: Corinth. This is written right across the face of the line drawing.
At first glance, this looks like Phänomen Genre 7499/1, and it is not unheard of to find a Loetz vase in a decor that is not mentioned in the Musterschnitte.But, upon closer examination, the textured swirls are more random, and are not separated by bands, rather they sit on an oil spot field. Since this is not any other known PG decor, and the line drawing for this shape references only one, I am attributing this vase as the first example I have seen of Loetz Corinth. Tony Abbate posted a vase in this decor on an unknown shape, but on a red/orange ground a few months back. I also have a photo of a documented inkwell designed for Bakalowitz with the same type surface on a Cobalt ground. The line drawing simply states "Cobalt Phänomen" Corinth is listed among the decors for about another half dozen shapes, all Series I, and I will continue to search for examples of this decor on one of these shapes. I found no mention of Corinth in the Series II catalog. The ground is Candia (clear), and the oil spot is very much like Candia Papillon, but you have the additional twists and swirls that make this decor unique. I don't know the reason for the naming of this decor, but one possibility I turned up is the ancient metallic alloy Corinthiacum, which in antiquity was an alloy of copper with silver, gold, or both. At one time, this alloy was considered even more valuable than pure gold.*
The dimensions of this vase are exactly the same as the Green Onyx scent bottle I posted here a few months ago - the difference being that in this case, there are the large indents front and back, and the phänomen-type surface treatment. All this tooling made for a slightly irregular shaped lip and base, which adds to its charm, in my opinion. This is a great end to a very good year of glass hunting, and I wish you all the same for the upcoming new year. Merry Christmas to you all!