The early years
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The logical sequel to Chiné was the Pampas
decor, green or cobalt blue, in which the threads almost disappeared in
the surface, with iridised parts in between.
|Creta Papillon, 1898, 346/390, © AN||Cobalt Pampas, 1898, I - 7302, © MC||Orange Astglas, © AN||Creta Rusticana, 1899, 346/365, © UK|
the Paris Exhibition in 1889 the Loetz glassworks won the first Prize and in the
years thereafter it became one of the most respected producers of Art Nouveau
glass in the world.
The earlier Art Nouveau finishes led to the development of the type called "Phänomen", in which the glass threads were pulled to waves or featherlike ornaments. It became the trademark of the Loetz glassworks and was patented in 1898. The many variants of this decor, the so-called "Genres" were indicated by numbers (e.g. Phänomen Gre. 6893). The photos show a variety of early Phänomen genres. Together with the deep blue and gold luster of the iridescence the "Phänomen" decor still serves as the most sought-after Loetz-feature.
The first production in which the challenging novelties of this new style were
applied, was certainly inspired by the iridised Favrile-glass of L.C. Tiffany.
This is quite aparent in a decor like Phänomen gre. 166 and the so-called
"Pfauenauge/peacock eye" finish.
|Rubin Phänomen Gre. 166, 1898, unknown, © MC||Phänomen Gre. 7624,
1898, l - 7624,
|Creta Phänomen Gre.
I -7907, © MC
|Orange Phänomen Gre.
I - 175, © MC
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