Posted 5 years ago
Some drawings of the Loetz patterns show the decor in addition to the standard information. It can be assumed that these decors are executed on the respective shape (production numer) for the first time.
When I online bought the vase in the first image I was convinced to get Gre 7734. Holding it in my hands I was wondering and even concerned.
It looked different in several aspects to my smaller vase (14 cm) with Gre 7734 on PN 7734 (second image). The optical ribs are twisted instead of being vertical. The surface is smooth instead of showing the notches or relief known from Gre 7734. So they are made in technically different ways.
Could my new aquisition be a fake? Could it be a different Phaenomen Genre?
From the bottom wear I could tell it is old, also the iridescent does fit with Loetz and the age. So I searched for the shape and production number and found PN 7733 fitting perfectly to the shape and size. Interestingly the pattern shows a decor on the foot which also perfectly matches with the decor on my new vase. It consists of arc-shape distorted and twisted silver bands. Exactly as drawn on the pattern. If Gre 7734 was designated with PN 7734 it should not be drawn on the preceding paper pattern 7733. Therefore it shall be a different decor. But there is no Gre 7733 listed.
The pattern only lists "bronce m. Silberstreifen", bronze with silver stripes, among other unrelated decors. The bronze color again matches with my vase. Unfortunately the term "Silberstreifen" is not as specific to exactly describe the twisted silver bands. But as an umbrella term it would be appropriate. I found other examples for both versions in my image database, all from the same period around 1898/99. Presumably there are two variants of a similar decor: bronce (with) Silberstreifen and Phaenomen Gre 7734.