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    Posted 10 years ago

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    The Glassmarks lexicon lists a number of references to Loetz dekors lost / obscured by the mists of time ...
    Among them is "Columbia" .... and nowhere else have I found even a mention ... produced for the Chicago World Trade Exhibition (Columbian Exhibition) in 1893 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Europeans rediscovering the Americas ...
    .... conveniently dated by the factory (1492) and identified in gold numerals on the base ... Dekor III/210 ... H13.5" W 7.5" no pontil

    Interesting from any number of viewpoints ...
    * Base glass is Orange ! ... was expecting a Rubin ground ... orange was also used extensively early in the 1890's other dekors (particularly Chine)
    * Demonstrates the use of surface iridescent finishes by Loetz in 1892-3
    ... and that these were displayed in the US at that time ... (Tiffany etc)
    * Gold appears to be "applied cold" in layers ... building a 3 dimensional structure for the "medallion" and the decorative elements ...
    * Gives an insight into the value of the internet as a search / research tool
    * It is just a beautiful combination of history ... Columbus / 1893 / Loetz

    ... still takes my breath away ... the only drawback that I can see in finding things like this is in it's making the illness worse ...year 4 ... :-)

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    1. famatta127 famatta127, 10 years ago
      The condition is exceptional. Congragulations.
    2. cogito cogito, 10 years ago
      Wow! Amazing enamel work.
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      Wow, Steve!!!! This is an absolute museum piece!!! Congratulations on such a find!!!
    4. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 10 years ago
      Interesting discovery. I just love finding those pieces that are mentioned but never seen. Very rare and lovely find. Congratulations.
    5. SteveS SteveS, 10 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the feedback ... think my only real contribution was some luck with the timing ... and pressing the button ...

      ... I think it does add another dimension to my understanding of what Loetz were doing in the early 1890's ... certainly a different process to the marmorietes and octopus decors ... and this predates even Olympia ...
    6. SteveS SteveS, 10 years ago
      Hi Deb
      Another on the list is Pavonia ... Similar to Persica but Heliotrope to Amber ... any thoughts ... ???
    7. ozmarty ozmarty, 10 years ago
      Mein Gott wunderbar !!
    8. SteveS SteveS, 10 years ago
      Thanks Marty ... sounds as though you have managed to get your bags packed and move on from Belgium ... happy travelling ...
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      Mein Gott fits well!
    10. ozmarty ozmarty, 10 years ago
      Hi SteveS my wifes bag just arrived today over 2 months since it got lost on our way to Europe and mine was 24 days late ! NEVER fly with Finnair . tThey are hopeless and do not respond to all our emails letters or callls.
    11. ozmarty ozmarty, 10 years ago
      Just realized that this reminded me of Mt Washington Royal Flemish. I have only seen pieces in books and on the net .
    12. SteveS SteveS, 10 years ago
      Finnair Fini Finallly! ...
      Still you have to admit they got their priorities right ... got the glass back before they worried about clothing, toiletries, passports, etc ...
    13. ozmarty ozmarty, 10 years ago
      Ah ! I got the glass back! and was explicit with the person at checkin .. that if "this bag goes missing as well it is WAR!!) .
    14. SteveS SteveS, 10 years ago
      Apologies for stirring up such memories ...
      It has been a great week courtesy of CW - managed to see an Alpengruen, identify a Pavonia (I think) and list a Columbus. ... Happy and memorable !
      Thanks again to everyone for sharing in it !
    15. epson233 epson233, 10 years ago
      love your postings and so very true what you say in your opening of yourself -- hope to see more posting from you -- have a great weekend
    16. yesterdaysglass yesterdaysglass, 6 years ago
      Can't believe what the lidded piece sold for. This one must be 5 figures?!
      BTW Marty, it was listed as MT washington royal flemish to start :).

    17. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 1 year ago
      I have a question for you about the Loetz Columbia decor. I tried to reach you via email but didn't hear back. Try to reach me at Thanks!

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