Posted 5 years ago
While in hot pursuit of the matching pattern of a Prochaska rainbow glass blitz vase (Ausf. 2), I stumbled upon a pattern for a piece that I've had for several years.
Picked up at auction almost a decade ago, I had always believed it to be Loetz, but had never found the shape or the Phaenomen Genre before.
It's the same shade shown on page 443 in the Musterbuch. PN II-4522. The shape is identical to the paper pattern which shows pulled feathers like this shade, and the color info, which loosely translates to "Base opal inside silver crumbs and dark blue crumbs dotted with opal spun (Dark blue = shell green / finish)." You can see this shade does have a base layer of opal glass, and the silber and dunkelbergblau "crumbs" closely resemble a papillion finish in platinum teal blue, a stunning color, with pulled golden feathers going around the sides.
The shade measures approximately 6" x 7.5" with a fitter of 3 inches. The Musterbuch shade measurements (standard conversion in parenthesis):
fitter 80mm (3")
top rim 155mm (6")
height 180mm (7")
Note that the paper pattern shows two cutouts for this design. The difference? They have a different fitter arrangement on the base of the shade. The top one I believe sits on top of a lamp base (most lovely view of the shade!!), and the bottom one is made for a hanging shade with the fitter screwing into the shade base to hold it in place.
Another interesting bit on this shade, is that it's a Loetz commission piece. Commissioned by H.G. McFaddin, which you may recognize as the maker of Emeralite and Bellova lamps. Probably not well know, but Loetz made high end PG glass for McFaddin lamps. Not sure of the metal base origins, likely made in the U.S., but anything is possible in the world of business.
Here's a site for "The Lamps of H.G. McFaddin & CO." http://emeralite.com/index-2.html
Thanks for looking!