Posted 10 years ago
This blue Loetz Medici stands 4 1/4" tall by 5" wide. The real standout feature isn't the glass this time..its the Vienna Secession Movement silver overlay. I was in a small shop in Vienna, searching out antiques in a city notorious for its high prices when I spotted this on the shop owners desk among piles of papers. When I asked about the piece, he told me he had just placed the vase on eBay an hour earlier. We negotiated a very reasonable price and I took the vase home.
Turns out it would be my only aquisition from my stay in Vienna. Now this shop was mere feet away from some famous auction houses and Loetz retailers, who would have been asking double or triple the price. As the old saying goes, "sometimes its better to be lucky than good".
from Volkmar Schorcht, a Facebook friend:
The overlay was made by Max Schwarz, Vienna. First number represents the Loetz production number (3/408 - made in 1903). Second number is the decor number by Max Schwarz = M. 738. Check with the Passau catalogue No. IV.153.
My copy of the most recent book by Lenicova which documents numerous production numbers/drawings is enroute from Vienna. I can only assume its pictured there.