Posted 7 years ago
A recent wonderful find - a true mirrored pair of vases in an early Loetz decor that has been found on other colors, such as dunkelgrün (dark green) spreading, this pair appears to be Alpenrot (Alpine Red) with a white opal underlayer. The true color of Alpenrot is subject to debate - a link to the Alpenrot page of Loetz.com below illustrates the problem. I think that part of the problem in the different appearances of this color have to do with the color of the opal layer underneath. When found with a light blue opal underlay, the red appears somewhat darker (like a brick red). On this pair, the red is "verlaufend" (spreading) to a lighter color towards the bottom, where the white layer underneath is more pronounced.
The opal layer in this case is highly UV reactive. The decoration of white blooming branches is mirrored on the two vases, so these two have always been together - it isn't just two of the same vase. Unusual square opening at the top - fire polished rim, ground and polished pontil on both. Some light pencil marks on the bottom of one are just to light and too incomplete to read, so I'm leaving the Dek number as unknown for now. I think I've seen a single vase with what appears to be I/106 on bottom; perhaps we can confirm this, and if so, I will update with the proper decor number.
The Loetz.com Alpenrot page link is below.