For sale is a lovely vase made by Loetz Klostermuehle of Bohemia which is now the modern day Czech Republic. The pattern is called "Candia Papillon" and the form is a "Rose Bowl Vase". The vase has some size to it as it stands 4 7/8" tall, 5 5/8" in diameter at its widest point.
The vase has that European flare to it has an pinched and manipulated shape to it. It has a tapered round lower portion that rises above it shoulder and is pinched in forming 4 lobes. The pinched border between the lobes resembles ribbon candy. The vase displays a wonderful mottled gold iridescence with elongated gold iridescence textured mottling applied directly to the exterior surface. You can see beautiful hues of platinum blue purple and fuchsia. The decoration when lit looks like elongated oil spots running throughout the vessel. This appears to be a decoration that was applied to a clear base glass. It is a wonderful technique that Loetz developed and appropriately named "Candia Papillon" or "Amber spotted butterfly wings" and by some collectors calling it an "Oil Spot" decoration. The quality of this glass is comparable to L.C.T. Tiffany Favrile and Steuben Glass of New York. These three competed heavily for the Art Nouveau glass market in the United States at the turn of the century.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is some minor calcium deposits on the inside but nothing too obtrusive. The vase is not signed but it does have a wonderful nicely fire polished top rim. Usually when you have a fire polished rim there would be a counter sunk pontil on the bottom where the punty rod was attached. Such is the case with this vase as you can see the countersunk polished pontil. This is the finishing mark of a quality piece of art glass. This is a quality piece of art glass and I'm sure the buyer will not be disappointed. This vase was made Circa 1900-1920.
If you collect works of Austrian Jugendstil Art Nouveau glass, or American Art Glass by Tiffany and Steuben, please consider this work of art. This is a documented decoration on the www.loetz.com web site. This is probably the best site for documentation of Loetz Decors. They also show Loetz's European contemporaries styles as well.