Loetz

Identifying
 
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Marks after 1918


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After 1918 a stamped, etched mark was used. It says "CZECHO SLOVAKIA" (two words) and it is surrounded by an oval or sometimes a square . It is not to be confused with the signature used by Kralik in the same period: "Czechoslovakia" (one word) without the oval.
©MC      Loetz marks (after 1918)      ©FC

Etched vases were signed "Loetz" or sometimes "C. a. Loetz".  Vases made under commission were signed as the customers requested: "Richard", "Velez", ...

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This signature - acid etched, not engraved - was exclusively used for an Exhibition in Vienna in 1929.  It was used on both the Prutscher designs  and on the anonymous in-house Loetz designs that were shown there.  
© AW

 

In determining the value of a Loetz piece, the signature might not be the most important factor. Decisive are the shape (attribution to one of the master designers), a quality decor and possibly a known production number.

The lack of a signature, however, is not the most important obstacle in identifying an original Loetz. The Loetz decors and forms, from the "Papillon" decor to the straightforward lines of Michael Powolny, were widely imitated. Misinterpretation not only occurs on the multicoloured, ordinary products of some unknown Bohemian manufacturers but also on the better work of Rindskopf, Kralik and Pallme-König.  In depth articles on these contemporaries of Loetz can be read on this site.  The similarities with the plainer, simpler part of the Loetz production can even give the "experienced eye" a hard time.

Fortunately, the serious collector and the dealer (who wants to be well informed) have a few excellent sources at their disposal.

The picture below shows a design by L. Bauer for a Titania vase.  Seven years before the publication of "H. Ricke, Lötz,1880-1940, Band II" it was attributed to Kolo Moser at an auction by Ketterer in München. Series I - 1941, 1889 (HR 2) Series I - 7907, 1899 (HR 2)
Series II - 4209, 1906, L. Bauer, (HR 2)
Series II - 4209, 1906, L. Bauer, (© HR) Series I - 1941, 1889 (© HR) Series I - 7907, 1899 (© HR)
Compare the above designs to the pictures of my own collection in "The early years", and Decors "Chiné"

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