Posted 5 years ago
So I would normally wait to receive my parcel, unwrap, clean and polish before photographing and posting, but I was just too eager to share this fabulous discovery with everyone.
An online auction gift is what I like to call this. Discovered in some remote category on a German auction website with a German language description that none of us English speakers would ever have stumbled upon in a normal search (I mean just the word Glass or Glas in the description would have been helpful). Also, no international postage, although the seller agreed to post to the UK after I made contact. Only 5 watchers over a whole week!! and only 7 bids and eventually bought for an embarrassingly small amount of money.
I suppose it's my obsessive searching for that elusive bargain that I found this rare and slightly weird Loetz Rhinoceros. When I saw it I nearly fell off my chair and then went on a long and fruitfuless search for some sort of reference validation and eventually found this link http://users.skynet.be/fa000612/decorsfigural.htm which some of you may already know about.
Anyway, it's very odd, certainly an artistic impression of a rhinoceros, its ears are way too small and it's head too short - more like a bear's, but it's sort of cute and perhaps deserves a compounded descriptive german noun like "rhinophantasieglas"
It's a pretty impressive size at slightly over 11" in length and 7" high and comes complete with what I assume is a silver saddle. NICE! Just hope it arrives from the Fatherland in one piece. Description said it was perfect with no damage, I will wait and see for myself. I'll post some better images in a follow-up when I have it in my hands.
In the meantime if anyone has any information on this particular Loetz model, I would be very happy to hear from you.
UPDATE 24th Feb 2016
For anyone who has it - please look at page 15 Truitt II, the first plate shows a bunch of elephants and others animals including a Rhino (No. 12124). This is in the section on Palda Glass. Now I know this company produced mostly cut glass, but martele blown glass?? Is it possible that a company, let's say Loetz was making and supplying Palda with ready-made items on to which they balanced decanter and liquor sets - a bizarre idea in itself, but is there something in this??? Or is the Rhino a specific product of Palda Glass Factory? There is some research to be done here me thinks...