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Loetz, Blue Papillon (Butterfly) Tapered Cabinet Shoulder Vase, Great Color~~~

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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 "Papillon" which means "Butterfly" in French and the form is a bud flower vase. The vase is a nice cabinet size as it stands 4 5/8" tall and is 2 3/4" in diameter at the shoulder. The bottom of the vase has a diameter of 1 3/4".

The vase has an outstanding blue Papillon decoration that resembles a butterfly's wings, thus the pattern name "Papillon". The elongated mottles are tightly packed next to each other in a vertical fashion. The iridescence is on fire as you can see vivid colors of platinum blues, brilliant gold, and strong fuchsia to purple when displayed. The vase displays a classic tapered shoulder form with a slightly flaring raised neck. The base glass is cobalt blue with this applied Papillon decoration.

The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. The opening at the top has a nicely polished and beveled top lip. The bottom does not have a counter sunk polished pontil. This means this vase was blown into a mold from the top then cut at the top and polished.

This was very typical of your European glass houses to do this. The American houses usually displayed a counter sunk and polished pontil with a fire polished rolled top edge. The 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 technique perfected by Loetz. The vase is very clean outside and in and it shows minor signs of use.

This is a better than excellent example of this decoration and color. The decoration is brilliant and well defined. I'm quite sure the buyer will be most pleased with their purchase. This vase was made circa 1899-1905 and is considered the early years for Loetz.


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