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Loetz Cobalt Ausführung 143 Threaded Vase from 1910

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Art Glass31 of 62Loetz "Streifen und Flecken" bowl, Robert Medeu & Co., BerlinUnsung Heroes of Glass # 5 Otto Thamm – The man who was nearly never known.
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Posted 4 years ago


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From 1910, Series II Production Number 7606 Loetz Ausführung 143 in cobalt blue. This is the first one I have found. It was on eBay with a generic auction title, but the gallery photo jumped out at me. There were several other contenders after it before the end. There is a white one in the decors section of the website, and a blue vase is shown in both the Cantz and Ricke books. You will notice that the vase is "melon-ribbed" with 6 indentations which match the form of the one on the paper pattern. Cobalt blue threading stands proud of the surface. The Ricke and Cantz books suggest that Eduard Prochaska was the designer of these, which would make sense, as they are similar in design to the gold "basket" bowl I posted on CW a couple of months back. From the text that is with the paper pattern it suggests Adolf Beckert. I am not sure which it is, although the newer attribution most likely used additional documentation such as invoices.

There is a wheel-cut star pattern on the bottom, and the vase has a fire-polished rim, which indicates to me that rather than just grind and polish a pontil, they used the star to cut away any evidence of a pontil scar. In addition to giving it a level surface on which to stand, it adds to the appearance when viewed from above. This vase measures slightly under 5 inches tall.

The composite photo, #4, was taken from Loetz/Series II by Jitka Lnenickova.


  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 4 years ago
    I have one exactly like it- it's one of my favorite pieces
  2. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 4 years ago
    Nice vase and rare example. The "16 pt star" is mentioned in Band 1, pg 246 as a feature of this decor and the designer Prochaska.
  3. dlfd911 dlfd911, 4 years ago
    I searched for the shape before I got the vase Warren, but didn't see it. After I had it in my hands I thought I recognized it, and it took me about 2 minutes to locate it.

    Thanks for that info Deb, I must have missed that too.
  4. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 4 years ago
    Well, when you only speak English it is hard to get 16 point cut star on the pontil from "“Im ausgeschliffenen Abriss sechzehnteiliger Stern in Kerbschliff”! LOL
  5. dlfd911 dlfd911, 4 years ago
    Google translator usually works well enough for the words I don't remember from 2 years of German classes in high school, or even just from prior translations. "Sechzehn" should have gotten my attention.
  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    I had never seen one of thes. It is amazing! such a great vase!
  7. dlfd911 dlfd911, 4 years ago
    Thanks, Austro. I had only seen them in the books, but never for sale. Then again, I wasn't searching as intently before, and now when I stumble upon something it practically leaps out at me.
  8. inky inky, 4 years ago
  9. dlfd911 dlfd911, 4 years ago
    Thanks to everyone for the loves.
  10. Hornet Hornet, 4 years ago
    Greats : Very Very Nice .

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