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bobjohn5's loves12 of 13Loetz Cobalt Pampas circa 1898 production # 7499Loetz Medici (Phänomen Gre 2/484), ca. 1902
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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Spiraloptisch is a relatively rare decor - I've only seen a few, and they always seem to be on unpublished forms. This one is Cristal with gradient dark green, circa 1905. Other examples can be seen on Eddy Scheepers's excellent website, including one in Candia silberiris in this shape but with a ruffled rim.

    I don't know what the real story is, but it seems to me that the inspiration for this elegantly simple decor may very well have been a Japanese Zen garden (see last photo) - Art nouveau has its roots in Japanese design influences, so it seems like a logical theory.

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    1. cogito cogito, 10 years ago
      I see peacock feathers as the inspiration, but that also is an Asian influence with longstanding application in Art Nouveau decorative wares. Beautiful vase with great color gradient.
    2. cogito cogito, 10 years ago
      Al, that would be you! I learn something every time I read your posts.
    3. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 10 years ago
      Lovely Spiraloptisch bow! We just got back from the Passau Glass museum and only found a couple of these there. All were in the same Green Verlaufend (spreading) to clear like your piece. Congratulations.
    4. Budek Budek, 10 years ago
      A pretty as can be. A delight to behold.
      What a wonderful shape and design.
    5. dragonflyjohn, 10 years ago
      Just posted another 'Spiraloptisch' in a very subtle and different 'colourway'.
    6. AmberRose AmberRose, 10 years ago
      One of my absolute favorites. Glad it shuffled back to the top so I could look at her again.

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