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Early Deco: 1920-1925

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The early 1920's were heydays for the cameo-glass in the Gallé-style. Loetz joined this tendency and produced vases, bowls, flowerstands, dresser sets, table lamps and lamp shades in double or triple overlaid glass with etched decors.  

From 1926 to 1929 Loetz was commissioned to produce a number of overlaid vases with etched decors , which on the customer's request, should bear different signatures.  At that time there wasn't any business crisis that could have forced Loetz to comply with such demands. It rather seems to be a common policy that glass works helped each other when large orders had to be produced in a short time. So it wasn't unusual that Loetz put signatures like "Richard", "Lucidus", "Veles", "Velez" or "Lutetia" on its etched vases.


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Etched vase, signed "Richard",
around 1925, unknown, © MC
Etched vase, signed "Loetz",
around 1925, unknown, © AN

Nonetheless, the artistic value of the Cameo production never reached the level of the earlier designed Beckert or Hoffmann vases.
Adolf Beckert was not always enthousiastic about the Loetz products in these days and considered them uninspired and old-fashioned.
In 1924 Loetz presented a series of vessels with painted decorations and on the
1925 Art Deco exhibition in Paris the designs of  Otto Prutscher  were shown.  Under his impuls a new  "Art Nouveau wave" started in the Loetz production.

Mandarin und Kaiserrot, 1924 (decor),
III - 978 (1918),
© CR
1925, III - 2389, O. Prutscher, © HR

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