Posted 10 years ago
There are certain decors that I have wanted to find, both to add to my collection, and to display on my website. I only post photos on my website of glass that I own, or have owned in the past. This is one that has eluded me over the years. I am always trying to keep my costs down, and for that reason this decor has been out of my reach. It shows up for sale quite often, but either the price moves beyond my reach, or the shape is not a good nouveau form. I want to show the best shapes and colors of every decor I have, so for this reason I am often buying new pieces and replacing other less-interesting ones. I finally decided that I am never going to find a 377 for a bargain price, so I was going to go after the next one that appeared in a form that appealed to me.
Thomas Webb produced a similar decor in their Bronze glass, but the shapes were not usually organic ones like Loetz pieces. I wanted to be sure there was no mistaking mine for Webb. A good friend in Croatia sent me a link to the auction for this vase, and I bid on it without giving it a second thought. The next day I went back to see what day and time it ended, and I noticed that it was being auctioned off at a location that was only an hour's drive from me. To make a long story even longer, I won the auction and couldn't wait to drive up and claim my prize. I told the owner of the auction company about how this came to me via a friend in Europe, when it was only about 60 miles away. The colors are as beautiful as they appear in the photos. They are not edited to make them look this way. This has some of the best iridescence of any glass I have ever seen, and the size is commanding as well, at 6 1/4 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide. The ground color is Creta. They created this texture by plunging the hot glass into cold water to produce deep cracks and fissures in the surface, and then fusing the cracks in the furnace. It was rolled in a material containing metal, and then it was put back into the furnace to melt the metal onto the surface. Although I was unable to locate this form in the musterschnitte, I am pretty sure it was produced around 1900.