Rare vase, Johann Loetz Witwe, decor Phenomen Genre 7506, Metallviolett ca. 1898
Bib.: cf. decor J. Mergl, E. Ploil, H. Ricke (ed.), Lötz. Böhmisches Glas 1880 bis 1940, Hatje Cantz publ., Ostfildern-Ruit 2003, no. 19 p. 70-71
In broad, diagonal bands, this early Phenomen Gre drapes itself over the entire vase, wrapping around its balustered, quadruple-indented form. Its undulating interwoven threads create an almost fabric-like quality to the design. The silvery blue pattern wraps contrastingly over the metallic purple ground. The Genre 7506 phenomenon is one of the rarer decorations and is a vivid example of the Loetz Glassworks’ eagerness to experiment from before its participation in the Paris World’s Fair in 1900.
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