Loetz Papillon Vases
Loetz Papillon Vases are vases produced by the 19th century glass manufacturer Loetz.
The origins of Loetz Papillon vases can be traced back to Klostermühle, Bohemia in 1836 when Susanna Loetz (a widow of a glass entrepreneur named Johann Loetz) bought a glass factory in 1852 which she renamed "Glasfabrik Johann Loetz Witwe." By the early 20th century, Loetz had achieved a reputation of producing high quality and artistic vases, and the company was even awarded with the Grand Prix at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition.Brief history
Between 1898 and 1900 the company started producing the dotted Papillon décor vases, which can be defined by silver spots or goose-neck and sea shell-shaped vases.
Loetz Papillon vases are classified according to the ground colour of the vessel as opposed to the colour of the décor which is applied to it. For instance, Creta Papillons are typically light blue or green, Cobalt Papillons are usually blue, while Candia Papillons are typically amber.
Notable auction sales
Loetz Papillon vases
Sotheby's in Sydney, Australia sold a tall Loetz Papillon gourd-shaped glass vase which was designed by Max Ritter Von Spaun (circa 1900) for $8,400 AUD in August of 2004.
Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen in Munich, Germany sold:
- A green Loetz Papillon vase (circa 1898; 19.5 cm) for €3,070 in October of 2008.
- Two blue and gold Loetz Papillon vases with gilt pewter mounting (circa 1899; 25.8cm) for €3,600 in April of 2010.
Dr. Fischer Fine Art Auctions in Heilbronn, Germany sold:
- A light blue and brown Loetz Papillon vase with two elephant handles (circa late 1800s/early 1900s; 37 cm in height) for €4,500 in October of 2007.
- A light blue and brown Loetz Papillon vase with elephant handles (circa late 1800s/early 1900s; 37 cm in height) for €3,000 in March of 2008.
Loetz Creta Papillon vases
Sotheby's in London sold:
- Two silver overlay Loetz Creta Papillon vases (circa 1900; 21 cm and 23 cm in height) for £4,320 in October of 2004.
- A silver Loetz Creta Papillon vase (circa 1900; 35.5 cm in height) for £3,360 in September of 2003.
- A silver mounted Loetz Creta Papillon vase (circa 1900; 26.5 cm in height), with the pale green ground decorated with silver blue lustre and trailing flowers for £3,000 in September of 2003.
- A silver mounted Loetz Creta Papillon vase (circa 1900; 25.5 cm in height) with a fan-shaped neck and splashes of silvery blue for £3,360 in September of 2003.
Loetz Cobalt Papillon vases
Sotheby's in London sold a large, silver mounted Loetz Cobalt Papillon vase (circa early 20th century; 43 cm in height) with four silver mounted buttress supports beneath its silver rim for £3,840 in September of 2003.
Loetz Candia Papillon vases
Dr. Fischer Fine Art Auctions in Heilbronn, Germany sold a Candia Papillon Loetz vase with a pink opal venture, a galvanic silver plate, and a lily floral pattern (13.5 cm in height) for €3,300 in October of 2006.
Sotheby's in London sold two silver mounted Loetz Candia Papillon vases (circa 1900; 13.5 cm in height) with splashes of silvery blue and the mount cast with various leaf patterns for £3,000 in September of 2003.
Guide for collectors
Creta Papillon vases are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.
Restoration of a Loetz Papillon vase is not recommended.
For more information regarding Loetz Papillon vases, visit the official website of the West Bohemian Museum (or the Zapadoceske Muzeum).
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