Posted 8 years ago
The smaller bowl/vase I purchased in 2001. It measures 5 inches tall. The tall one is a piece that I ended up trading for, including passing on the smaller Ast vase in the transaction. I really wanted to have one that showed the decor better, and in an Art Nouveau form. This is also large enough and functional enough to use on occasion for flowers, which I will do. Orange Ast glass is basically glass that is blown into a Rusticana decor mold, then plunged in water to give it the crackle effect. Then it was reheated to seal the cracks, and blown out slightly to accentuate the cracks further. It's not a flashy Loetz decor, but it showed good technique.
The taller vase is a full 12 inches tall. Both have polished pontils. The shape of the tall one is likely from Series I, as I have seen 3 different decors in this shape (Ast, Cytisus, crackle Formosa), with various indentations on them, but none of them are seen in the Loetz/Series II book.