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Art Glass2107 of 22016Durand Silver Blue Lustre w Opal King Tut / Coil Décor ca 1924-31 Loetz DEK III/155 Enameled Vase in Spreading Purple
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This bottle/vase is about 5.5" high x 4" in diameter and weighs 1.25 lbs. The pontil is a bit unusual. There are some marks etched on the bottom which appear to be initials and a year (L O 73) and maybe a catalog or inventory number (4 73 - 42). The latter could be March 1973, 42nd piece made. Maybe the work of an actual artist, not a student. The "inventory" number could also be part of an inventory system shared by several artists in a studio, hence the relatively large number, 42, or maybe that is not too much for a single artist to produce in a month. All guesses on my part as to what these numbers and letters are and may have meant. Also, note the line in the middle of both number 7s. That is not commonly done in the U.S., so this could be a European piece.

    I think the year 1973 was still fairly early in the Studio Art Glass Movement, that started about 1962 in the U.S. which might help to identify the artist or studio. I'm not sure how widely the movement had spread by 1973, but it is a potential research opportunity. I picked this up from a seller in Kansas, which might also be a clue. Input on any of my assumptions welcome.

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      Interesting detail about the 'crossed 7's'. I am actually one of those few here (U.S.) that does do that routinely too...something I likely picked up from one of my bosses who also does so.
      FWIW, I'm also guessing he picked up the trait from frequent business correspondence/etc. with several German does seem 'crossed 7's' as well as '1's with a prominent preceding stroke (which might indeed be easily mistaken for 7's otherwise?) are the common way of handwriting those two digits over there if not otherwise in Europe. The 'crosses' on the 7's kinda make sense, in that context...??

      Sorry I can't help the slightest bit with your pretty blue bottle/vase... <banghead><smile anyway>
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @AnythingObscure - Thanks for your comment and perspective. In the military, we always put a diagonal line through the number 0. Other than that, I haven't seen any lines through numbers in common use in the U.S. The #2 in the inscription looks a bit off to me, too, and I had considered that it might, instead be a "1". Hopefully there will be some feedback from our CW friends in Europe!

      Thanks for loving my bottle/vase bobby725, AnythingObscure, dlpetersen and Wizred!
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I'm well familiar with the diagonal slash to differentiate the letter O from numeral 0 [zero] too Kevin, but I don't usually use that myself unless I'm writing down computer passwords or other such stuff where it'd really matter these days... <sigh>

      The "2's" I'm seeing in your pics look pretty straightforwardly such to my eye FWIW...I too hope some of our more learned CW members chime in here?!!
      :-) :-) :-)
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Wizred, dlpetersen, AnythingObscure, bobby725, Karen and fortapache!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Jenni and Kevin!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @AnythingObscure - I also usually do a horizontal line through the letter "Z" to differentiate it from a "2". So automatic, that I didn't even think about that one.. That, thanks to the U.S. Army, too.

      Thanks for loving my spastic vase Ms.CrystalShip, Broochman, Nicefice, Thomas, AdeleC and bracken3!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @renedijkstra - LOL. Blame Google and cut and paste! Thanks for loving my studio vase! It was a $10 ebay find, so I am really just a bargain basement shopper with a computer!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you aura!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my blue bottle Ms.CrystalShip!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 16 days ago
      I updated the images on this post in hopes of getting some fresh eyes on it. Still a mysterious mystery.

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