Loetz Crete Glatt iridescent glass bud vase with decorated metal collar c1910. The vase has a slightly flared stem on a shaped foot. Bronze coloured collar with stylised design. Lovely classic Loetz surface iridescence to the glass. The vase measures 16 cm in height.
Johann Loetz was a glassmaker about whom little is known. It was his widow Susanne who was the start of Loetz after her second husband (Frank Gerstner) bought a glassworks in Southern Bohemian – transferring ownership to her shortly before his death in 1855. Susanne successfully led and expanded the company (known as Johann Loetz Witwe) – passing it to her son-in-law (Maximilian von Spaun) in 1879. He modernised the factory and introduced new patented techniques and processes. Maximilian first saw Tiffany’s Favrile glass exhibited in Bohemia and Vienna in 1897 - convincing him that the Art Nouveau style would be the company's future. The next decade was to be the most artistically significant and profitable period for Loetz. However, despite further artistic collaborations and new designs, sales started to decline in the 1900’s and by 1911 Loetz needed additional funds from the von Spaun family. The departure of Loetz's artistic director in 1913 followed by a major fire and the outbreak of WWI virtually sealed the company's fate. Loetz had a slight but brief revival after the war however the Great Depression in the late 1920s and another major fire in 1930 had a devastating impact and Loetz declared bankruptcy in 1939 following the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. The glassworks manufactured utilitarian glassware for the Third Reich throughout WWII, but ultimately closed down completely in 1947.
Loetz Crete Glatt Iridescent Glass Bud Vase c1910
The vase is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The metal collar has a lovely aged patina. Due to the patina we are unsure what the metal is and are reluctant to clean the surface. We believe it to be a copper based alloy. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.