Vase, Johann Loetz Witwe, decor “Peacock eyes”, ca. 1898
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 7530, p. 27
This early and rare vase of the glassworks Johann Loetz-Witwe captivates, in addition to its overall appearance, especially with its playful details. The applied decor is one of the early combinations with aventurine and is considered very rare. Especially extraordinary is the beautiful play of colors of the peacock’s eye. With finest glitter particles, the intricate motif is repeated four times around the neck of the vase. Applying the peacock eyes was a great challenge, as they were inserted color by color with different melting points into the hot glass. At the time, this decor was in direct competition with Louis Comfort Tiffany’s peacock eye decors and is one of the forerunners of the phenomenon genre decors that would become popular around 1900.
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