Posted 5 years ago
I am very pleased to be able to share a beautiful example of what I believe is an early Loetz vase, c. 1890. This is a beautiful clear deep apricot-orange colored glass that deepens as it gets to the neck of the vase (it is also slightly more pink at the base). It is completely covered on all sides with detailed gilt work that has very little wear, especially considering the age of the vase. It stands 7-1/8” (18cm) tall and has a cut and polished rim.
The vase came to me from the England. I recognized the shape of the vase as early Loetz, as shown in Dr. Kai Hasselbach’s excellent article 'An attempt to identify early Loetz production from 1880 -1897' on Loetz.com. This evolving article based on Kai’s research is fascinating to read, and has opened the door to collectors being able to identify previously unknown examples Loetz’s early work.
The vase is decorated in the Japonisme style popular at that time, featuring gilt prunus blossoms with branches and leaves scrolling over the surface of the vase. It is a little jewel of a vase, and will have a special place in my collection.