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Loetz Vase, "Gerippt & Gedreht" (Ribbed & Twisted), PN unknown, ca. 1903

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Ms.CrystalShip's loves1270 of 5265Antique Bohemian Art Glass Floriform Vase with Applied LeavesFritz Heckert, Otto Thamm TH225, 1902
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    Posted 7 months ago

    bohemiangl…
    (619 items)

    I believe that the official name for this type of Loetz vessel is indicated in the production notes for PN II-572. The description says "Capri Gerippt & Gedreht". I will leave the name Capri out of this discussion for now - I have some thoughts on that, but I'm not ready to roll those out without further research. However the description of "Gerippt & Gedreht" (Ribbed and Twisted) fits perfectly. The shape of this Russian green conical, tapered vase has been used for other known Loetz decors (see photo #3). Examples of this decor on other shapes, along with the paper pattern with description for PN II-572 are shown in the last photo. This is not a very well known decor of Loetz, and they don't appear very often, so I was happy to land this 9.5" example.

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    Comments

    1. Sammyz Sammyz, 7 months ago
      Great info! I have a small version myself. Love the way the pattern changes the light/color.
    2. Sammyz Sammyz, 7 months ago
      Warren, did you paste the wrong pattern pic in? Also, maybe Mercur+twist=Capri?
    3. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 7 months ago
      Jill, no, the paper pattern does not match any of the shown examples; I only included it here to show the nomenclature that Loetz used. I wish I could find an example in that shape; it would certainly help. As to your other question, I don’t think that ribbed has anything to do with Capri. I rather think (my opinion only) that Capri is a certain way of decorating the surface of a piece, whether it is ribbed or not.
    4. Wow22, 7 months ago
      Glad you did post the pattern in. I don't have access to these and love seeing them! Great information, fab piece!
    5. TangoNut TangoNut, 7 months ago
      Interesting the pontil isn't as highly polished as most Loetz pieces.
    6. Sammyz Sammyz, 5 months ago
      You know, Warren, now that you mention it, I am starting to think that Capri is the golden iridescence that is sprayed in swirls on the surface of the glass. I have a ribbed and twisted vase which shows the golden hues mainly on the tops of the ridges AND on the flat bottom.

      I also have a russich green vase with a smooth shape that has the golden iridescence also on the flat bottom, swirled lightly across the sides, then concentrated again near the rim. When I examine them side by side they have similarities.

      The visual swirls appear not to be the addition of colored glass but of a masking of the underlying glass with the iridescence . Places where it is more concentrated appear more golden.

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