Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Loetz Art Glass by Tony Abbate

Loetz Etched Silberiris Dek

Loetz cobalt blue Papillion with extruded handles.

My name is Tony Abbate. An Art History class in college led me to a lifetime pursuit of art glass. It was years later that I stumbled across the works by Bohemian glasshouses such as Loetz, Rindskopf, Kralik and Pallme Konig.

First...lets make no mistake. The attribution and classification of art glass is a fluid endeavor and not always an exact science as some would have you believe. One must be willing to learn from new documentation that surfaces every day. Publications that were believed to be valid even 5 years ago are now considered to be incorrect.

20 years ago, any high quality art glass that couldn't be attributed to the well know American art glass companies such as Tiffany and Durand, Steuben and Quezal, were called Loetz or Bohemian.

Over the years I have been called upon by several major auction houses to assist them in the attribution of Loetz art glass. Several of the pieces we have owned have found themselves into collections at the MAK museum in Vienna as well as the newest museum, the Pavilion SKLA in the Czech Republic.

This doesn't mean I'm never wrong and that mistakes won't be made here! Far from it. But I do try my very best to stay atop the newest reference materials and research that continues to define and categorize the works of the different companies. When errors are noted, special attention will be given to their correction.

Its my hope that lovers of Austrian Art Nouveau glass by the firm of J.Loetz will find these pages helpful and entertaining. Please visit the Facebook page I created and maintain and if you find it helpful, please "friend" me there, Loetz Art Glass. 


Phänomen Genre 7993 form 323 circa 1900