Posted 2 years ago
The Loetz Advisory Group has saved over 25 different photographic examples of this decor(photo 1) . The first step in researching an unknown decor is combing through all 6,000 published paper patterns to find one, and, hopefully, at least three examples that match the photographic examples in size, shape and color. Even though we have many examples of this decor and several of these were produced in known Loetz shapes(photo 2), we have been unable to document this particular decor using the shape matching process.
In this particular case, we have recently employed the empirical method, i.e; what does the decor look like and what colors are associated with it? One of our Loetz Advisory members suggested that the decor looks like a pine shrub known as “Taxus”. Interestingly, the Loetz archives list 11 paper patterns where a “Taxus” decor was produced. Unfortunately, the paper patterns showing the shapes for the "Taxus" decor are missing for 10 of the 11 paper patterns where “Taxus” is mentioned in the production notes.
What we do know from the 11 existing paper patterns is that at least three ground colors or color combinations were used to create this décor. These colors include: crete, candia with crete and crete with cisele and a Silberiris interior. (photo 3) These ground colors are present in all of the photographic examples we have for this decor.
The one piece of the puzzle that we DO NOT have is an example that matches PN II-595 in a crete ground. Finding a green vase in this particular shape that looks like these other examples will help solve this decor mystery. PN II-595 is approx 5” tall. This shape will look similar to the RMI vase (thanks, Jill!) in the collage shown here (photo 4). Finding an example of this decor in PN II-595 with a crete ground is a very important key to documenting this decor. Please be on the lookout for it! Any help would be most appreciated. We would be happy to credit your assistance in documenting this new decor!