Shell vase, Johann Loetz Witwe, decor Zephir Chiné mit Creta, circa 1897
Collection label “Sammlung Reidel 8169” Bib.: A. Adlerova, E. Ploil, H. Ricke, T. Vlcek (ed.), Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940, vol. I, Werkmonographie, Prestel publ., Munich 1989, dep. 23, p.78; A. Adlerova, E. Ploil, H. Ricke, T. Vlcek (ed.), Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940, vol. II, paper pattern catalogue, Prestel, Munich 1989, paper pattern prod. no. 7024/I, p. 22
The conch shell shape was one of the most popular themes of the naturalistic series in the production of the Johann Loetz-Witwe glass works. Vases in the shape of seashells feature a wide variety of decor variations, including Neptune, Diaspora, Asträa, several Phenomen decor variations, Papillon and, as here, Zephir Chiné with Creta.
The pointed vase at the bottom is supported by a base of coral branches. The corals are formed out of Creta green glass and providing an intense contrast to the zephyr opal glass shell body.
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