DEK I/161A 5 year project is finally completed!  There are now over 100 DEK's in the "Painted and Gold Relief” section with more examples of early Loetz DEKs soon to be added. As most of you know, Dr. Hasselbach and I have been collecting photographs of Loetz decors, shapes and decorations for over 13 years.  In that time, we have managed to acquire over 32,000 photos of Loetz. But only 6% or 2,000 photos are of Loetz “DEK’s” and less than 1% of those DEK photos have identifiable marks on them.  Realizing that one documented DEK mark can help reveal many examples and knowing how rare it is to find one of these marks, makes our research and your DEK photo contributions even more important.

Decors and shapes are much easier to document than Loetz decorations (DEK’s), especially the “Painted and Gold Relief” decorations.  Because these DEK marks are applied on the bottom of the piece and usually with a delicate gold paint, most have not survived after 100+ years.  This means that while we may have many DEK photo examples in our library, most cannot be documented.  Luckily, there is one place in the world where there are hundreds of preserved Loetz DEK examples, the Glass Museum Passau!

Early in 2015, my husband and I contacted Peter Höltl, the owner of the Glass Museum Passau, to request permission to research and photograph their vast collection of Loetz DEK examples in the hopes of finding some of these illusive DEK marks.  Permission was graciously granted and we scheduled a trip to meet with Herr Höltl at the Glass Museum Passau in June of that year.  We were able to remove and examine each of the “Painted and Gold Relief”, “Etching Ink” and “Etched Silberiris” examples from the museum’s cases.  We took over 1,500 photos and found at least 30 preserved marks, 20 of which represented the discovery of a newly documented DEK.  Each time we would turn over a piece and find a mark on the bottom, it felt like finding buried treasure. Discovering twenty newly documented DEK’s might not seem like much, but when you view some of the new examples added to the site such as DEK 57 and I/161 and see how many examples we can now match to these DEK numbers, it really is exciting.  We are all indebted to Herr Höltl and the Glass Museum Passau for their preservation of this glass and their willingness to collaborate with members of the Loetz Advisory Group to help bring this history and information to Loetz collectors from around the world.  Without the generosity and kindness of Peter Höltl, the Glass Museum Passau, and fellow collectors who are willing to share this important information, much of the history and documentation of this glass would remain hidden and unavailable for the next 100 years. 

 Many of you have sent links and/or photographs of DEK examples that you own or have found in the market place. I apologize if I have missed recognizing some of you and would appreciate it if you could remind me of your help in documenting some of these rare and illusive DEKs.  Your continued support of Loetz research and your patience waiting for these new DEK’s to finally be posted on Loetz.com is most appreciated.  From now on adding a new DEK will be much easier as I will only have to add one new category at a time instead of 100!

Note: The introduction in the “Painted and Gold Relief” section and the “DEK Anomalies” section will help explain many of the nuances found in this DEK section. For example, while DEK I/170 is often decorated with beautiful, exotic birds, this DEK is identified not by the various birds placed on the objects but rather the beautiful spider mums and colorful glass cabochons that decorate these vessels.

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We have recently been notified by a fellow collector (Thank you, Tom) that the Museum Sumavy is now accepting orders for the book, "Loetz/Series II, Paper Patterns for Glass from 1900 to 1914", by Jitka Lněničková. 
To order a book, contact the Muzeum Sumavy, Suŝice, Czech Republic, % Dagmar Sperlova.  His email address is:
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We have been informed that the Museum has only 30 copies of this book left!
The cost is approx. 3700 Cz or $165 (depending on the day) plus shipping. They will now ship worldwide including to the US.
Once you have placed your order, the Museum will send final payment details to be made via bank transfer. 
Good luck!

Loetz.com is starting 2019 with a bang!   Hopefully, this announcement of the discovery of three new decors will get everyone excited for new possibilities for collecting Loetz in 2019.  Our new decors include Ausf 83, Orbulin and Titania Gre 2510. 

The discovery of these new decors would not have been possible without the time and talents of our Loetz Advisory Group, the Glass Museum Passau and collectors such as Reiner Linnenbach who generously share photos of the pieces in their collection to help further the mission of Loetz.com to preserve the history of this glass.  Reiner’s photos of his Ausf 83 examples and one of his “pink Diaspora” pieces gave us the ability to document two of our newest décors.

PN II- 2/658 Orbulin - For quite some time we questioned the differences between the smooth finish of  Silberiris Diaspora examples and the rough finish variation found on all of the “pink Diaspora” examples and a few of the “crete Diaspora”.  At the same time we  were on a quest to discover the “Orbulin” décor never thinking the two may one day intersect. Over the past 5 years, many candidates for Orbulin were studied (i.e.; the PG 1/473 variants but these have only been found in green, a spotted unknown PG in Yellow and spreading brown, and other unknown decors that possess spots, circles or “orbs”) but we continued to hit dead ends. We needed that one, clear example that would help nail this décor. Then we recently received a photo from Reiner of a “pink Diaspora” example in his collection. It was PN II 2/658. Of the 40 different examples and shapes that we have of this décor, some got us close but none were the “silver bullet” that we needed to document “Orbulin” until the one in PN II-2/658.

Ausf 83 – In October 2018, the Loetz Advisory Group was able to study two examples of this décor out of the case at the Glass Museum Passau. Frankly, one of our reasons for wanting a closer look at these two examples is because we had seen many Murano and newer productions that looked similar to these made with the copper aventurine flakes.  At the time, we also had the privilege, thanks to the generosity of Peter Hoeltl, of meeting with Dr. Jan Mergl, the father of the Loetz bible, and being able to discuss and ask questions about these and other examples in the museum.  Dr. Mergl assured us that these examples were indeed Loetz which spurred us on to documenting this décor.  

Titania Gre. 2510 – Not many examples of this décor were produced but our records show that all were made in dark blue and all have a pattern of 6 feathers drawn in Titania threads.  

 

 

Finally, we would also like to publically recognize and welcome a new Advisory Group member, John Fitzgerald, to the team.  

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Thanks to friend and fellow collector, Volkmar Schorcht, we have another new Loetz decor, Silveria.  This decor was originally placed in the Texas category but as soon as Volkmar presented 4 examples of Silveria along with their respective paper patterns, it was easy to document this new decor!  Thank you, Volkmar!

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The week of October 6-12, 2018 was a very exciting one for members of the Loetz Advisory Group, who met as a group in person for the first time in Passau, Germany for a week of vacationing, collaboration, and research. Present for the week’s activities were were Loetz.com co-founders Deb Fitzsimmons (and husband, Bill) and Tony Ellery (and wife, Judith). Also present were group members Warren Gallé (and wife, Anita), Kai Hasselbach, Andy Jelčić and Toby Sharp. Advisory group member Dave Littlefield did not make the trip, but one evening he was able to speak to the group via Facetime.

Peter Höltl, CEO of Rotel Tours and owner of the beautiful Glasmuseum Passau and the Hotel Wilder Mann, was a wonderful host, and he spent much of his time during the week accompanying the group as we went through the museum several times, making notes and discussing attribution of certain pieces in the collection. Florian and Nico Kolhammer of the Vienna gallery Kunsthandel Kolhammer also joined us for dinner and several hours in the museum while Mr. Höltl generously allowed us to inspect and photograph selected pieces outside the vitrines.

On Tuesday, part of the group took a day excursion into Klatovy in the Czech Republic to visit the Pavilion Skla (PASK), and the excellent collection of Loetz glass there. There, we were met by the curator, Jitka Lněničková, and the owner of the loaned pieces of Loetz on exhibition at the PASK, Erich Lichtenwörther, and also by private collector (and creator of the website bohemianglass.org) Aleš Král and his assistant from Prague. As a special surprise, we were also greeted in the town square by the Deputy Mayor of Klatovy, Václav Chroust. The group then had a nice lunch nearby before returning to Passau.

On Wednesday, we were honored to be joined by PhDr. Jan Mergl, Deputy Director of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen, co-author of the ‘Loetz-Bible’ (published in 1989) and author of several important works on Bohemian glass. Peter Höltl, accompanied by his wife Christina, also joined us and we were once again able to inspect several pieces outside the vitrines, make comments and ask questions, and photograph the glass from all angles.

Before wrapping up a wonderful week of glass tourism and research, the Loetz Advisory Group held a meeting to discuss our mission and future plans for Loetz.com. Items on the agenda included a museum outreach program, ideas for site funding, spreading the workload for site editing, and ideas for future content.

We came away excited for the future of Loetz.com, and looking forward to the time when we can next all be together. A huge “thank you” to Jitka Lněničková and the staff at the PASK for such a warm welcome. Extra special thanks to Peter Höltl and his staff for making us feel so welcome at the Hotel Wilder Mann and taking such good care of us while we were in Passau. Until next time…

Deb Fitzsimmons
Tony Ellery
Loetz.com

L to R: Bill Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl, Christina Höltl, Jan Mergl, Kai Hasselbach, Tony Ellery, Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons, Judith ElleryL to R: Bill Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl, Christina Höltl, Jan Mergl, Kai Hasselbach, Tony Ellery, Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons, Judith Ellery

GMP Group
L to R: Deb Fitzsimmons, Nico Kolhammer, Kai Hasselbach, Andy Jelčić, Warren Gallé, Florian Kolhammer, Anita Gallé

PGM Kai Hasselbach and Bill FitzsimmonsMassive vases at the PGM with Kai Hasselbach and Bill Fitzsimmons (6'1")

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Andy Jelčić, Deb Fitzsimmons

  Andy Florian
Andy Jelčić, Florian Kolhammer

  Florian Nico Warren
Florian Kolhammer, Nico Kolhammer, Warren Gallé               

 Kai Deb
Kai Hasselbach, Deb Fitzsimmons

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Kai Hasselbach, Warren Gallé

Warren Peter
Warren Gallé, Peter Höltl

PASK GroupL to R: Kai Hasselbach, Deb Fitzsimmons, Warren Gallé, Anita Gallé, Andy Jelčić, Erich Lichtenwörther

Pask 2018L to R: Anita Gallé, Warren Gallé, Bill Fitzsimmons, Deb Fitzsimmons, Erich Lichtenwörther, Andy Jelčić, Kai Hasselbach, Aleš Král, Jitka Lněničková


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Warren Gallé, Erich Lichtenwörther, Andy Jelčić

Kai Jitka
Kai Hasselbach, Jitka Lněničková
                              

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Kai Hasselbach, Jitka Lněničková

Klatovy Group
Bill Fitzsimmons, Andy Jelčić, Václav Chroust, Kai Hasselbach

Mergl Samples
Tony Ellery, Jan Mergl, Judith Ellery, Peter Höltl, Kai Hasselbach

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PhDr. Jan Mergl

Mergl Holtl Loetz Bag 
Jan Mergl, Peter Höltl

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