Posted 5 years ago
It sounds redundant to say it, but I have a memory for memorable pieces. This came in handy while researching an unrelated recent eBay purchase. Reviewing Jitka Lnenickova's Loetz Series II book, I came across the paper pattern for Loetz PN II-1502, which describes a previously undocumented Loetz decor - Esmeralda, and actually describes it: (grün verlaufend ciselé wellenoptisch). When I saw that, I remembered that someone published a piece matching that description (but in a different shape) right here on CW a while back, and the image had stuck in my head. That someone was Alfredo Villanueva, and it was posted more than three years ago! His article, found here -
- surmised that the vase in the first photo was an Oceanic variant, and as I now know, it is a variant with its own name: Esmeralda.
This was further confirmed by an image provided by Kai Hasselbach of a piece in the same decor on PN II-963, which lists Esmeralda among the decors for that shape.
Thanks to Alfredo's original post, Kai's vast collection of images, and my own obsession with memorable pieces, I am pleased to be able to confirm this new Loetz decor - Esmeralda- grün verlaufend (green spreading) ciselé ("chiseled" oil-spot) wellenoptisch (wave optic).
Photo 1 - Alfredo's vase
Photo 2 - Scan of PN II-1502, which gives the description of Esmeralda
Photo 3 - Kai Hasselbach's PN 963 image
Photo 4 - Scan of PN II-963 line drawing, which lists Esmeralda among the decors for this shape