Silveria PN II 2112Silveria PN II-2112

Thanks to friend and fellow collector, Volkmar Schorcht, we have another new Loetz decor, Silveria.  This decor was originally placed in the Texas category but as soon as Volkmar presented 4 examples of Silveria along with their respective paper patterns, it was easy to document this new decor!  Thank you, Volkmar!

Loetz.com is starting 2019 with a bang!   Hopefully, this announcement of the discovery of three new decors will get everyone excited for new possibilities for collecting Loetz in 2019.  Our new decors include Ausf 83, Orbulin and Titania Gre 2510. 

The discovery of these new decors would not have been possible without the time and talents of our Loetz Advisory Group, the Glass Museum Passau and collectors such as Reiner Linnenbach who generously share photos of the pieces in their collection to help further the mission of Loetz.com to preserve the history of this glass.  Reiner’s photos of his Ausf 83 examples and one of his “pink Diaspora” pieces gave us the ability to document two of our newest décors.

PN II- 2/658 Orbulin - For quite some time we questioned the differences between the smooth finish of  Silberiris Diaspora examples and the rough finish variation found on all of the “pink Diaspora” examples and a few of the “crete Diaspora”.  At the same time we  were on a quest to discover the “Orbulin” décor never thinking the two may one day intersect. Over the past 5 years, many candidates for Orbulin were studied (i.e.; the PG 1/473 variants but these have only been found in green, a spotted unknown PG in Yellow and spreading brown, and other unknown decors that possess spots, circles or “orbs”) but we continued to hit dead ends. We needed that one, clear example that would help nail this décor. Then we recently received a photo from Reiner of a “pink Diaspora” example in his collection. It was PN II 2/658. Of the 40 different examples and shapes that we have of this décor, some got us close but none were the “silver bullet” that we needed to document “Orbulin” until the one in PN II-2/658.

Ausf 83 – In October 2018, the Loetz Advisory Group was able to study two examples of this décor out of the case at the Glass Museum Passau. Frankly, one of our reasons for wanting a closer look at these two examples is because we had seen many Murano and newer productions that looked similar to these made with the copper aventurine flakes.  At the time, we also had the privilege, thanks to the generosity of Peter Hoeltl, of meeting with Dr. Jan Mergl, the father of the Loetz bible, and being able to discuss and ask questions about these and other examples in the museum.  Dr. Mergl assured us that these examples were indeed Loetz which spurred us on to documenting this décor.  

Titania Gre. 2510 – Not many examples of this décor were produced but our records show that all were made in dark blue and all have a pattern of 6 feathers drawn in Titania threads.  

 

 

Finally, we would also like to publically recognize and welcome a new Advisory Group member, John Fitzgerald, to the team.  

Exhibition ‘Loetz 1900’ at the Glass Museum, Conches, France Loetz Exhibition at the Musee du Verre de ConchesLoetz Exhibition at the Musee du Verre de Conches

Until November 25, 2018, the ‘Musée du Verre’ in Conches is holding a major exhibition of Loetz glass, which is well worth a visit. Conches is in Normandy, about 50 km south of Rouen. The exhibition of rare Loetz vases is comprised mainly of pieces on loan from the Hentrich Glass Museum in the ‘Museum Kunst Palast’, Duesseldorf, Germany, but there are also beautiful pieces from private collections and a few gems from Conches’ permanent collection of Loetz vases. All told there are over one hundred Loetz items on display, including pieces of the highest quality from the turn of the twentieth century. If you able to visit, do take time to view the museum’s permanent collection too, comprising stained glass, modern glass and some French art nouveau.

Note: The Museum's hours and days of operation are Wednesday-Sunday 2-6pm.  There is an exhibition catalogue available at the museum or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a small selection of the pieces currently being shown in this exhibition. (Photos courtesy of Loetz collector, Oluf Christian Olsen, who recently visited this exhibition):

Loetz PG 392Loetz PG 358Loetz PG 1/158Loetz PG 356Loetz cobalt Norma designed by Marie Kirschner
 

 

GMP PASK Brochures

The week of October 6-12, 2018 was a very exciting one for members of the Loetz Advisory Group, who met as a group in person for the first time in Passau, Germany for a week of vacationing, collaboration, and research. Present for the week’s activities were were Loetz.com co-founders Deb Fitzsimmons (and husband, Bill) and Tony Ellery (and wife, Judith). Also present were group members Warren Gallé (and wife, Anita), Kai Hasselbach, Andy Jelčić and Toby Sharp. Advisory group member Dave Littlefield did not make the trip, but one evening he was able to speak to the group via Facetime.

Peter Höltl, CEO of Rotel Tours and owner of the beautiful Glasmuseum Passau and the Hotel Wilder Mann, was a wonderful host, and he spent much of his time during the week accompanying the group as we went through the museum several times, making notes and discussing attribution of certain pieces in the collection. Florian and Nico Kolhammer of the Vienna gallery Kunsthandel Kolhammer also joined us for dinner and several hours in the museum while Mr. Höltl generously allowed us to inspect and photograph selected pieces outside the vitrines.

On Tuesday, part of the group took a day excursion into Klatovy in the Czech Republic to visit the Pavilion Skla (PASK), and the excellent collection of Loetz glass there. There, we were met by the curator, Jitka Lněničková, and the owner of the loaned pieces of Loetz on exhibition at the PASK, Erich Lichtenwörther, and also by private collector (and creator of the website bohemianglass.org) Aleš Král and his assistant from Prague. As a special surprise, we were also greeted in the town square by the Deputy Mayor of Klatovy, Václav Chroust. The group then had a nice lunch nearby before returning to Passau.

On Wednesday, we were honored to be joined by PhDr. Jan Mergl, Deputy Director of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen, co-author of the ‘Loetz-Bible’ (published in 1989) and author of several important works on Bohemian glass. Peter Höltl, accompanied by his wife Christina, also joined us and we were once again able to inspect several pieces outside the vitrines, make comments and ask questions, and photograph the glass from all angles.

Before wrapping up a wonderful week of glass tourism and research, the Loetz Advisory Group held a meeting to discuss our mission and future plans for Loetz.com. Items on the agenda included a museum outreach program, ideas for site funding, spreading the workload for site editing, and ideas for future content.

We came away excited for the future of Loetz.com, and looking forward to the time when we can next all be together. A huge “thank you” to Jitka Lněničková and the staff at the PASK for such a warm welcome. Extra special thanks to Peter Höltl and his staff for making us feel so welcome at the Hotel Wilder Mann and taking such good care of us while we were in Passau. Until next time…

Deb Fitzsimmons
Tony Ellery
Loetz.com

L to R: Bill Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl, Christina Höltl, Jan Mergl, Kai Hasselbach, Tony Ellery, Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons, Judith ElleryL to R: Bill Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl, Christina Höltl, Jan Mergl, Kai Hasselbach, Tony Ellery, Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons, Judith Ellery

GMP Group
L to R: Deb Fitzsimmons, Nico Kolhammer, Kai Hasselbach, Andy Jelčić, Warren Gallé, Florian Kolhammer, Anita Gallé

PGM Kai Hasselbach and Bill FitzsimmonsMassive vases at the PGM with Kai Hasselbach and Bill Fitzsimmons (6'1")

  Andy Deb
Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons

  Andy Florian
Andy Jelčić, Florian Kolhammer

  Florian Nico Warren
Florian Kolhammer, Nico Kolhammer, Warren Gallé               

 Kai Deb
Kai Hasselbach, Deb Fitzsimmons

Kai Warren
Kai Hasselbach, Warren Gallé

Warren Peter
Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl

PASK GroupL to R: Kai Hasselbach, Deb Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Anita Gallé, Andy Jelčić, Erich Lichtenwörther

Pask 2018L to R: Anita Gallé, Warren Gallé, Bill Fitzsimmons, Deb Fitzsimmons, Erich Lichtenwörther, Andy Jelčić, Kai Hasselbach, Aleš Král, Jitka Lněničková


Warren Erich Andy
Warren Gallé, Erich Lichtenwörther, Andy Jelčić

Kai Jitka
Kai Hasselbach, Jitka Lněničková
                              

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Kai Hasselbach, Jitka Lněničková

Klatovy Group
Bill Fitzsimmons, Andy Jelčić, Václav Chroust, Kai Hasselbach

Mergl Samples
Tony Ellery, Jan Mergl, Judith Ellery, Peter Höltl, Kai Hasselbach

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PhDr. Jan Mergl

Mergl Holtl Loetz Bag 
Jan Mergl, Peter Höltl

camelienrot PG 5301 PN II-5275The PG 5301 decor is mentioned in all of the Loetz books as being the same as PG 7506 but noting that the decor numbering changes to PG 5301 in 1907.  We were not certain why the decor number changed but we knew that Loetz most likely had a reason for this and something must be different between these two decors, but what? Based on our recent in-depth research of Loetz decor ground colors, we discovered that the ground colors mentioned for all of the PG 5301 executions included camelienrot, gelb, Metalgelb and Thea but did NOT include any of the ground colors associated with the early PG 7506 executions which are: Candia, metallic-violet, metallic-red and bronze. While the decor decoration is identical in both PG 7506 & 5301, true to typical Loetz nomenclature, once something radically changes a different name or number is often assigned to that production. Hence, we present the "new" decor, PG 5301.

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