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Art Nouveau - German/Bohemian …21 of 26bohemian glass, not?Candia Silberiris vase designed by Koloman Moser (Lötz, 1902) H: 17 cm
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    Posted 10 years ago

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    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

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    1. manddmoir manddmoir, 10 years ago
      congratulations - a fine piece of sherlocking!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      That's terriffic Warren!!! :) A new decor to look for!!! LOL
    3. bracken3 bracken3, 10 years ago
      Well Done! Thanks for the info Warren.
    4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 10 years ago
      I've been looking for it, Al - you would think it would be in there somewhere!
    5. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 10 years ago
      Great work, Warren! We will be posting this new decor on the site for sure. Now the world will be able to learn about your discovery of a new Loetz decor, "Esmeralda"! This is also an opportunity to encourage others on CW for their help in looking up PN's, discovering new decors and submitting photos of pieces like these so that we can show various examples of rare decors.
    6. famatta127 famatta127, 10 years ago
      Fine detective work Warren. Congratulations.
    7. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 10 years ago
      Thanks, Tony - now if I can just find one to call my own :)
    8. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 10 years ago
      How exciting! What a wonderful piece of research. Don't you love it when those with the puzzle pieces share and viola new discoveries are made. Thank you Warren, Alfredo and Kai. What magic. I love this site and all it brings to my life. Thank you all for allowing me to be part of something so special.
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 years ago
      beautiful Warren, as always :)

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