LOETZ

                                                           

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The Loetz factory was founded in 1840 by Johann Loetz in what is today the Czech Republic and was active until 1939 when the company went bankrupt and the Von Spaun family, which had acquired it in 1879, was no longer connected with the factory. Finally the factory was demolished and converted into farms with farmland in 1947.

The creations of Loetz glass belong the most beautiful and important of the Art Nouveau period (1890-1920), and its innovative art was widely imitated by other antique glass factories of the era, creating similar works by applying and copying the new techniques, but rarely getting to reach this great mastery. In the beginning the work of Loetz was not signed as a habit, it was only when it started to be exported to America that the exported pieces were signed by obligation to not be confused with the work of another great master of art glass in the US, Tiffany, a rival in the creation of iridescent glass works.

Before being known for his wonderful "Phänomen" and "oil spot" pieces, Loetz already had been a pioneer in a technique called "marmoriertes glass", which imitated the semiprecious stones with different colours such as red-pink and brown (Onyx), blue (lapis lazuli) or green (Malachit) in vases and bowls which sometimes were adorned with gold metal details. Other jobs, of his first ones, were also much appreciated jobs: the pieces "Octopus" (1880), which on a marbled surface displayed the tentacles of the octopus with clear lines and curves on a dark background.

In 1889 Loetz was already one of the leading manufacturers of glass in the region, and in 1890 he was awarded the First Prize at the Universal Exhibition of Paris, and two silver medals were granted to him for his important contribution to the field of the new techniques applied to glass.

The organic forms on the vases, sometimes winded to imitate nature, and the application of adding metals that gave them their characteristic iridescent sheens made them very popular at the time, and even today we are impressed by their innovative and special work.

Important artists and designers helped creating the best works of Loetz with their talent, and so it is important to mention those names associated with the signature: Rudolph Bakalowits, Max Emmanuel, Leopold Bauer, Adolf Beckert, Hans Bolek, Josef Hoffmann, Franz Hofstötter, Marie Kirschner, Kolomar Moser, Dagobert Peche, Michael Powolny, Eduard Prochaska, Otto Putscher, Carl Witzmann, etc…

The glass pieces of Loetz are currently still very appreciated and asked for, and achieving very high prices in the market of the Antiques because of its high quality and beauty.

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