PN II-7249Until now we've only seen Ausf 110 drawn on the paper patterns so it's exciting to actually see a photographic example of the real thing!  Thanks to Nico Kolhammer and Gunhild Mager, we now have a photo to add to Loetz.com showing an example of this rare decor. 

PN II 2146

This new Loetz decor is similar to Silveria with various colors of internal liners (email) but with an added layer of clear threads.  Thanks to the efforts of Volkmar Schorcht and Warren Gallé we can now present Fantaska! More information on the discovery of this new decor can be found in this article posted on Collector's Weekly (CW). 

One of the great Loetz mysteries is the decor name for the Loetz “Heart’ vase.  While not a rare decor, it is still highly sought after by collectors because of its beauty as well as an appreciation for the technical difficulty required to create this decor.  Several examples of this decor are known to exist so it must have been a popular and treasured piece of art glass when it was originally introduced which was assumed to be c1901-1902, a time period when many of the Loetz archives were lost. Still it seems sad to keep calling these beautiful examples, “PG Unknown”,  which is why the Loetz Advisory Group continues its research and is always on the hunt for examples that might one day match a shape that could lead to the discovery of a new decor.

Recently at auction, a Loetz "heart" vase was offered in a shape and size that had been flagged as representative of a "hyacinth PG 3/492" production.  That shape was PN II-1036. While several shapes that included production notes for both rosa and hyacinth PG 3/492 had also been flagged, matching at least two photographic examples of the same decor to shapes that also specifically list that decor name in the production notes can be difficult but this is the criteria that the Loetz Advisory Group has set for documenting any new decor. Always hopeful, a search of the photos stored in our photo library of Loetz heart vases began to see if a match of other examples could help document these as belonging to the decor category known as “PG 3/492”. 

Then,voilà, three additional photographic examples of heart vases were matched to production numbers that included the correct size, color and shape for each example along with the mention of "hyacinth PG 3/492" in the production notes. Interestingly, we also learned that this decor was first introduced in 1903. The four documented examples of "PG 3/492" are shown below and all of the photographic examples of this decor in our library have now been uploaded on Loetz.com.  Enjoy!

(It must be noted that without access to the indispensable book, “Loetz Series II Paper Patterns for Glass from 1900 to 1914”, by Jitka Lnenickova, years of work saving photographic examples of Loetz and the willingness to share those examples and continue our research to connect these clues, many of these Loetz mysteries would remain hidden for another 115 years)

PN II 950

PN II-1095

PN II-1036

PN II-1113

 

 

 

 

Ausf 220 PN III 613 - Dark blue m MandarinWe are pleased to bring you another new Loetz decor - Ausf 220 also known as "Korbgeflect" or basket weave. This particular decor has been loved and not so loved by seveal Loetz collectors over the years.  The reason that this decor has not been a favorite for some is because a few examples of this decor have appeared to be in poor quality putting Loetz as the maker in question.  While we have been able to officially document three examples of this rare decor, my guess is that questions arose about Loetz being the manufacturer because this particular decor was introduced c1914 and later which were difficult years for Loetz.  With the outbreak of WWI, the loss of Adolf Beckert as artistic designer and, of course, the major fire in the glass works in 1914, these are probably the basis for stories of orders that were not up to the usual Loetz standards.  But the examples that we bring to you today are clearly lovely examples of Ausf 220. Enjoy!

Ausf 220 PN II 5596 (Korbgeflecht) PASK

Ausf 220 (Korbgeflecht) PN II 5587

Ausf 220 PN III-613

 

DEK 474While doing research for a fellow collector and friend on a piece that he recently acquired and thought could be the infamous "Fuxit" decor, Fuxit's true identity was revealed. Unfortunately, for my friend, his piece is still a mystery but the research process employed to reveal "Fuxit" remains the same.

Loetz often described decors using colors (i.e.: weiss marmorirt m blattgruen Asten orangeopal Perlen) as well as simply listing "Ausf 33" in the production notes. In these cases, researching photographic examples, matching them to production numbers and seeing which decors mentioned in the production notes best match the decor descriptions and/or the decor name or Ausf or PG # is how we can usually connect the dots to document a new decor.  

In this case, a slight diversion was required.  When "Fuxit" was mentioned in the production notes, we noted that often a DEK was also mentioned. The DEK's that were noted as being applied to "Fuxit" included: DEK 472,473, 474, 475, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 486 and 487. The "Fuxit" decor was also occasionally listed by itself without a DEK and even noted "ohne" (without) DEK.  Another clue that we noted was that many of the production numbers that included the "Fuxit" decor also listed "Aventurin" as being produced together with the same DEK that was applied to the Fuxit production. 

Recently, we completed a large project adding several new DEK's to the site. This new information allowed us to narrow our search considerably by first searching for the DEK's that were applied to the various Fuxit examples produced and then matching those examples to specific shapes.  In this process we were able to match four photographic examples to a specific DEK that also matched a production number listing "Fuxit" as being produced with that DEK and in that shape.  This research revealed that "Avenutrin mit Blau" = Fuxit!

 These four PN's include:  PN II-917 DEK 474; PN II-981 DEK 473 (Thank you, Ales!); PN II-1105 DEK 474, and PN II-913 DEK 474 & no DEK.  Of course, none of this information would have been possible without the indespensible book:"Loetz/Series II, Paper Patterns for Glass from 1900 to 1914", by Jitka Lněničková. Enjoy!
 Fuxit m DEK 473 PN II-981Fuxit m DEK 474 PN II 917Fuxit m DEK 474 PN II 1105 LargeFuxit PN II-913 DEK 474 & no DEK
 

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