For Sale is a lovely Centerpiece Bowl made by Loetz Klostermuehle of Bohemia which is now the modern day Czech Republic. The pattern is called " Creta Chine' " and it is quite pleasing. The Centerpiece Bowl is rather large as it stands 5 5/8" tall and has a diameter of 9" in diameter at its widest point at the bulge in the side.
The Centerpiece Bowl displays a nice ruffled top border. It sits on 3 applied swirl ribbed rolled edge feet. The detail in the feet is just splendid. The base glass is a translucent deep emerald green in color. There is an applied green glass threading over this base glass and then it is fused into the surface. This style of glass was called "Creta" (Green) Chine by the Loetz glass blowers. The Iridescence exterior treatment is soft and not over powering. You can see beautiful hues of blues and purples inside the threading. This bowl is very European in design and shape.
The bowl is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The applied threading seems to be all intact. This is considered Rare for this decor as there is usually damage. The Bowl is not signed as is typical with this product line. It more than likely had a paper label. The bowl does display a fire polished and rolled top edge as well as having a counter sunk polished Pontil. This is the sign of a quality piece of Art Glass. The Vase shows signs of use inside as you can see scratches on the inside bottom and is commensurate with its age.
This is a Lovely Centerpiece Bowl that is not so commonly found without damage. This is also the largest version of this Decor in Loetz that I have been able to document over the past 10-15 years. You Loetz collectors will welcome this fine addition into your collection. This Pattern is very early in the Loetz production as it was made, circa 1887-1899.