Posted 8 years ago
Hello friends! After a long, mostly self-imposed wait this one finally arrived, and I am very, very happy to be the new owner of this fabulous Loetz Titania silver-overlay vase from about 1905-1906. The color is what I believe is called (auf Deutsch) orangeopal mit grün. I can't figure out the genre exactly, but I believe it is either 2434 or 4212, and I also believe it was designed by Leopold Bauer (first name?). I am sure the experts will correct me there, if necessary, but as we know this is 100% Loetz, because they were the ONLY ones that made Titania, and it is unique to them.
This one has wonderful silver-overlay, which is marked "sterling", and is probably by Gorham but could be Alvin. The detail on the silver is very fine, with leaves and vines that create a 4-point crown on the top 1/4 of the vase. The colors are amazing; the orange glass is the inside layer, cased with green and silver waves of iridescent leaves that have the color and sparkle of Christmas ribbons. I have never seen anything like it. The green and silver leaves/threads/waves were probably done with a method often called "pulled-feather" or "hooked", but Loetz took it to the limit with Titania, and no one has been able to duplicate it since (as far as I know).
P.S. I will add dimensions as soon as I find my tape measure, but it is about 7" tall by 4" in diameter.