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Harrach Marmoriertes Lobed Vase, ca. 1900

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Art Nouveau3055 of 3175Secessionist Style Tooled Leather Photo FrameSymbolist Heckert Cyprus Glass & Enamel Vase by Max Rade
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Posted 7 years ago

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In the booklet JOHANN LOTZ - Glas aus dem Bohmerwald 1824-1939, published by the Waldmuseum Zweisel and the Museum Sumavy in Kaspersky Hory, it says that Loetz held patents for marmoriertes glass in various colors - Onyx, Karneol (Carneol), Achat (Agate), Serpentin (Serpentine), Jaspis (Jasper), Lapis rosa (Pink Lapis), Blutmarmor (blood marble), Hellmarmor (light marble), Chalcedon (Chalcedony), Malachit (malachite) and others. All of these glasses were meant to resemble the stones after which they were named. Harrach was also known to make this type of glass... an example of which I think we have here. Harrach marmoriertes was not confined to natural stone colors, and I have seen yellow swirled with purple, brown, red, and now this piece, which is custard swirled with pink, lined in highly UV reactive uranium glass. Gilt oroplastic rim and enameled vines and flowers with insects finish the decoration. The lobed shape and enameled vines, etc., are other Harrach markers. This raises a question in my mind though about the patents held by Loetz... in this day and age of searchable patent databases, is it possible to find the original patents? Did Harrach use the other more other whimsical colors because of the Loetz patents (or did the companies collaborate, as did Harrach and Moser on the variegated lemon glass we see from time to time?) More research is in order!


  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Beautiful vase!
  2. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
    I like the subtlety of the design and also any Harrach is fine by me.!
    When one takes into account Reidle as well the earlier Buquoy and Friedrich Egermann immitation stones it is difficult to see how Loetz could hold all those patents.
  3. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
    Great vase and write up! You forced me to look up 'oroplastic' to the benefit of my art glass education.
  4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 7 years ago
    Thanks, guys! I love marmoriertes glass, and I am learning that a lot of what is currently called "onyx" and "carneol" could actually have different names. I am going to work up a database of the vases compared to photos of the actual stones they are meant to imitate. It should be interesting to compare... :)

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