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Loetz shell vase Creta Papillon ca. 1900

SKU 731

Conch shell vase, Johann Loetz Witwe, decor Creta Papillon, circa 1900

  • Width: 15cm
  • Height: 16cm
  • Depth: 15cm
  • Dating: 1900 to 1902
    Epoch: Art Nouveau
    Technique: glass, mould-blown and freeform, reduced and iridescent
    Bib.: A. Adlerova, E. Ploil, H. Ricke, T. Vlcek (ed.), Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940, vol. II, paper pattern catalogue, Prestel, Munich 1989, paper pattern 2/516, p. 133
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    The conch shell shape was one the most popular motifs in the series of naturalistic glasses produced by the glass manufacture Johann Loetz Witwe. Seashells show many different decorations, among them the types Neptun, Diaspora, Astraä, several different Phenomen decorations, Chiné and, as with this example, Papillon.

    What is striking about this piece is the flowing decoration that adapts organically to the shape of the vase. Individual light-coloured drops, which stand out against the dark background, are reminiscent of air bubbles in water and give the impression that the vase is in its natural environment.

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