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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Now that I know that this red vase is Welz I thought I would show it next to another similar Welz shape. I have long known that the orange one is Welz due to posts by welzebub showing the shape in other Welz décors.

    And I may as well add other Welz Tango.....

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Ooh aah - lollies in a bowl. What to choose?!!
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Karen, fortunately I don't have to choose......
    3. Ivonne Ivonne, 7 years ago
      Lovely colours,so delicate !
    4. sklo42 sklo42, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Ivonne, this is my favourite style of Tango Glass.
    5. sklo42 sklo42, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the loves, everyone.
    6. welzebub, 6 years ago
      Tango is a term which was originally defined by most as a solid color piece with a contrasting color... such as a red vase with a Black trim or foot. It then migrated on the internet to be just about every two color piece and they were designed by Powolny. That was in fact due to an article by Wes Nedblake..... and it created a myth which persists to some extent to this day.

      The definition of Tango was "redefined" in 2011/12 when the Tango exhibit in the Czech Republic redefined it as glass in bright color combinations fashioned after the colorful dress of South American Tango dancers. Tango glass became bright multi-colored decors and a definition which related as much to a period as it did to colors and or color combinations.

      So based on original definitions a red vase with no black rim is a red vase, but a red vase in the same shape with an applied black rim would be a Tango vase. I see them both as examples of a decor I would simply refer to as a solid color.... with or without an applied rim of contrasting color.

      Based on the original definition of Tango Loetz decors such as Ausf 157, 162, 166, 181, 216, 217, 218, 224 for examples, would all qualify as being "Tango"..... and yet they are their own specific decor with their own specific definition.

      I do not have a section for "Tango" on my website for any maker as it is a term which I find far too ambiguous and non specific as a décor term to classify glass with. Tango to me, defines a wide range or category of glass, many of which have their own specific décor descriptions which help to define them individually.
    7. welzebub, 6 years ago
      I think it is also worth noting that although the original, as built and published by Eddie Scheepers, contained a Tango link in the decor table, the décors shown on the Tango page are decors such as Ausf. 157 and some others. It also states the date range for Tango as 1905-1920. Here is a link to that page.

      The new version of is the same as my site in that the site does not include a "Tango" page.
    8. yesterdaysglass yesterdaysglass, 6 years ago
      "Thank you Craig. Loetz has an advantage with lots of documentation available, where other Czech glass companies do not. Truitt says that Loetz was copied a lot, so it's hard for a collector to know for sure, is it Loetz, someone else, etc."
      Sometimes, but certainly not all the time. Plenty of tango can be easily ID'd....
    9. welzebub, 6 years ago
      Here is a link to the explanation of the term "Tango" glass and the origins of the design inspirations from the Tango exhibit. This was part of the exhibition. I think it explains it succinctly.
    10. welzebub, 6 years ago
      As part of the exhibition I think it would certainly be reasonable to think that it is text developed and printed specifically for the exhibition.

      It would not make sense that they displayed, and continue to display online, an explanation that did not relate specifically to the origins of the exhibited aesthetics, or objectives of the exhibition.

      They acknowledge that much of the exhibition was as a result of some American and European collectors. In my opinion, the term Tango as applied specifically to two colored glass, is also primarily as a result of American and European collectors.

      The exhibition was really the first public display and acknowledgement of it's type, that originated from within the region itself, specifically exhibiting Czech glass of this aesthetic from the first half of the 20th century. That is why the exhibition "redefined" the use of the term Tango. Until that time, the vast majority of Czech glass on display in museums, was and still is, earlier high end glass.
    11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the insight on "tango glass", welzebub!

    12. welzebub, 6 years ago
      My pleasure Scott.

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