15 New Decors
You've seen these before but now you will know their names! (click decor name to see more examples)
It’s been a year since we last posted a decor update on Loetz.com. During this time the Loetz Advisory Group has been busy researching and documenting new decors. We also upgraded site security and added software that will provide daily backups of the 5,000 photos uploaded to the site. These improvements were not only important but expensive and could not have been possible without the generous contributions from our donors: Edna Schuligoj, James D. Julia Inc., Frank Ford, John Fitzgerald, David Littlefield, Steve Smith, Simon Wilson and Warren Gallé. “Thank You!” for supporting Loetz.com and helping to keep this website free and accessible to anyone seeking information about Loetz art glass!
Ausf 1 – The previous photo example for Ausf 1 was replaced thanks to an astute collector, Volkmar Schorcht, who provided us with the correct example for this decor.
Ausf 14 – This decor is comprised of a white marmorirt ground and green, red or hyacinth clover leaf applications. With the discovery of this decor, we learned that “white marmorirt” consists of an opal ground with green Titania threads.
Ausf 15 – The only difference between this decor and Ausf 14 is that the ground is yellow marmorirt. Here “yellow marmorirt” does not have Titania threads but rather resembles the early Loetz marmor productions.
Ausf 25 – Having photos of this decor that matched several production numbers helped us to further document that “white marmorirt” includes Titania threads.
Ausf 26 – We were able to document Ausf 25 with the required two “silver-bullet” standard (A “silver bullet” is defined by the Loetz Advisory group as a photo of a piece in the decor that we are researching that matches a specific production number exactly both in shape and size, and the decor is listed in the production notes), but we could not find a photo example for Ausf 26 in our photo library. Then it occurred to us that there was a possibility that examples of Ausf 26 might have been identified as being made by another glass house like Poschinger. Once we began a search for examples of Ausf 26 under "Poschinger", we were able to find five “silver-bullets” for this decor.
Ausf 33 – A collector from France contacted us inquiring about a recent purchase and sent several photos asking if we could help him identify the decor and/or PN for his piece which was an exquisite egg! We were able to find the PN for his piece but the PN did not reveal the decor. With further research and a process of elimination, we were able to determine that the ground, white marmorirt, and color combination of the applications on his egg were the same as those found on Ausf 25. The difference was that the applications applied on the egg were considered "branches" whereas for Ausf 25 they were intertwining threads so this difference helped us determine that his egg was an example of Ausf 33.
Ausf 75 – These examples were originally classified as Ausf 64. Based on information contained in Series II, we learned that the difference between Ausf 75 and Ausf 64 is that Ausf 75 is a “Titania” Perlglas. Also, thanks to the photo example of Ausf 64 in PN II-5294, provided by Rosa Maria Tomás, we were able to document the shape of her piece and discover the differences between these two Perl glass decors.
Ausf 154 – Sometimes one photo can be the “silver-bullet” that helps to solve a decor mystery! Thanks to Penny who shared her photo of PN II-8142 with us, we were able to find another photo and shape to finally document this decor.
Ausf 155 – By discovering one decor, another decor is often revealed at the same time. We had photos of two different decors in the same shape and size as PN II-5220/8”. This paper pattern listed two decors, Ausf 154 & 155, in the production notes. After noting the description in Cantz for Ausf 155 and having another example of Ausf 155 owned by Marty Hoenig provided to us also for comparison, we were able to finally differentiate between Ausf 154 & 155!
Ausf 177 – Not only were we able to match several PN’s with photo examples for this decor, but we were also able to find PN’s with the decor actually drawn on them.
New Decors A –Z
Crete mit Zickzack Auflagen - We had two photo examples in PN II-725 & 734 in Crete that were decorated with glass threads in a "Zickzack" pattern. We noticed that this "Zickzack" feature was also drawn on two paper patterns, PN II-723 & 724. Then we came across two production numbers in this same Series, PN II-729 & 731, that indicated these were made “without zickzack". We now had the word "Zickzack", the ground color and instructions to produce a vase in this color but without the "Zickzack" feature! Knowing that all of the PN's associated with this "zickzack" feature (photos, drawings and production instructions) were clustered within a narrow PN series which is typical of Loetz productions, the "Zickzack" feature became a new decor.
Helios – There are only 11 PN’s published from all of the Loetz archives that mention the Helios decor. Thanks to our in-depth photo library and the diligent research of our Loetz Advisory Group, we were able to document this rare decor.
Silberstreifen – Thanks to permission granted to Loetz.com to use photos taken of pieces on exhibit at the wonderful Passau Glass Museum, we have been able to document many new decors over the years. Silberstreifen is an example of this collaboration between the PGM and Loetz.com. Based on two examples on exhibit at the PGM that matched two PN’s, specifically III-613 & 1914, we were able to document the Silberstreifen decor.
Zickzackoptisch – Finding two photo examples that matched two production numbers, specifically PN III-1821 &1920, that each listed “zickzackoptisch” as being produced in those shapes allowed us to document this decor.
New Phaenomen Genre
PG 4471 – This decor was documented based on PN II-4471 which is a lamp shade. The photo of the lamp shade in PN II-4471 shows a drawing of this decor on the paper pattern. This PN not only lists PG 4471 as the decor that was produced in that shape but also describes the decor as having an "ivory ground with silver dust and decorated with spun leaf-green and silver threads". Viola, PG 4471!
Titania Gre. 4614 – While this decor is mentioned in Cantz, we had never seen a photo example of it until a dealer sent us one from a show that he attended! Thank you, Tony!