Posted 8 years ago
The documentation of Loetz shapes and decors prior to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition is pretty sparse, so it's a rare thing to find a vase that is so well documented from this period.
The paper pattern for PN I-3282 has written on it, Makart Decor IV/103. Makart is a color described in Loetz Bohemian Glass as a "reddish Aurora". Aurora is further described as a "pink opal" color. Makart is therefore "reddish pink opal". The outer surface of the vase appears to have been rolled in frit and re-fired, creating a stippled texture. The entire body of the vase is delicately painted in gold scrolls, vines, leaves, berries, and pods. On the bottom, in gold ink, is the decor designation - IV./103. The vase stands 7.75" tall, which also matches the line drawing. (the bar on the left side of the paper pattern represents a comparative length of about 6 inches). The Orientalism style of the time represents the beginning of the transition from Historicism to Art Nouveau.
The last photo is a scan of the paper pattern from Lötz Böhmisches Glas, Band II (Musterschnitte), by Helmut Ricke.