For sale is a lovely art glass vase made by Loetz Klostermuehle of Bohemia which is now the modern day Czech Republic. The pattern is called "Creta (Green) Papillon" and the form is a flower form vase. The vase has some size as it stands 7 1/2" tall and has a diameter of 4 3/4" at the bulge. The bottom or base of the vase has a diameter of 3 11/16". The top crimped areas measure 2 1/2"-3 1/2".
The vase has an outstanding Creta (Green) Papillon (Oil Spot) decoration on a base green glass. The elongated mottles are tightly packed next to each other in an all over fashion. The iridescence is just splendid as you can see vivid colors of golds, purples, and some fuchsia throughout the vessel. The vase displays a classic swollen form with a crimped flower form top. It starts out on a round foot that comes in slightly and then bulges up and out. At the bulge it starts back in and then there are the crimped petals at the top.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are a few inclusions (carbon) spots and marks within the glass. One of them looks like a large letter "U". This was done in the making and is not damage. You can only see this when held to the light. The irregular opening at the top has a nicely fire polished top border. The bottom has a counter sunk polished pontil. This means this vase was blown into a mold from the top then cut and put back into the fire to get a rolled fired polished top edge. In order to do this you have to reattach the base at the bottom to the blowing pipe. When you are done with the top edge you would cut or break the pipe from the underside pontil and then they would polish and counter sink the glass to get rid of the pontil scar. This is the finishing sign of a quality piece of art glass. This vase is unsigned as is typical of most Loetz vases. It more than likely had a paper label at one time. There is no doubt that this is Loetz as this decorated pattern technique is a well documented design. The vase is very clean outside and in and it shows minimal signs of use.
This is a very nice Creta Papillon vase. Not a commonly found form in a popular color. I'm quite sure the buyer will be very pleased with their purchase. This vase was made circa 1899-1905 and is considered the early years for Loetz.