Posted 5 years ago
My first post. An enthusiastic novice. I have been researching this cameo glass vase and would appreciate any input. There seems to be a huge quantity of material on much of the Loetz output, but only minimal information on their cameo pieces. I have read that sometimes their later cameo pieces are regarded as inferior, but cannot believe this to be true of this intricate and commanding piece.
Vase stands 30cm tall (nearly 12 inches). It is comprised of 3 layers: thin inner layer of orange, then thick layer of clear, then brown. I purchased this wonderful vase from the US, having recognised the decor from a previous post on CW, and the inclusion of the same vase in the cameo section of loetz.com. I recognised the decor, but my vase is unsigned, which seems curious to me. I have been able to discover that there are vases in the same decor held in the Vienna MAK and in the Passau. Specifically, Cabinet 91 at the Passau Museum displays a cylindrical vase in identical decor and colour. The raised cameo work is glossy and smooth above the wonderful orange-peel texture.
Remants of an original label remain on the base of the vase. The base is ground completely flat and polished, all the way through the brown layer, so there is no pontil evident. Is this unusual?
I would love to hear comments on this vase and any opinions on its age (sticker would suggest post-1918) and reason for lack of signature. Is the design Jugendstil or Secessionist? If anyone has a similar vase, please post. The shape appears in Truitt Vol II, p. 26.
I'm rarely a fan of orange and brown, but somehow this works for me.