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Loetz Glass

Producing pieces for almost a century, Loetz Glass upheld the tradition of Bohemian glassmaking excellence while also exploring innovative approaches to design. Creating tableware and art glass pieces ranging from crystalline clarity to iridescent opacity, Loetz became a world-renowned producer whose name still excites glass enthusiasts today.

Established as the Johann Loetz Witwe glassworks in 1855, Loetz's initial production centered on crystal glass as well as painted pieces. Within 20 years, however, the company transformed as it embraced modern technologies as well as emerging trends in glass designs. Loetz designers experimented with novel glass treatments such as marbled glass, which resembled semi-precious minerals.

One of the most influential glass trends was that of iridescent Tiffany Favrile glass at the end of the 19th century. Loetz followed that inspiration to develop their own Phänomen iridescent glass to capitalize on the Art Nouveau demand. Loetz continued to stay on trend throughout the early years of the 20th century with brightly-colored Tango glass introduced in 1914. Though the World Wars would bring Loetz's downfall, the legacy of their rich glassmaking tradition lives on in exceptional antique pieces today.


Quick Facts

  • Loetz's Phänomen pieces, created by lead designer Franz Hofstätter, won a top prize at both the 1900 Parisian Exposition Universelle and the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Loetz was known to create a paper pattern for each of his designs from 1885 onward that included information such as pattern run, a unique serial number, and price. Many of these pages are conserved today at the Sumavy Sušice Museum in Sušice, Czech Republic
  • A destructive fire in the factory on the eve of World War I followed by the economic downturn of the Great Depression pushed Loetz to the brink of bankruptcy in 1939. They finally shuttered their doors in 1947

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Art Déco Vase / An Art Deco glass vase, Michael Powolny für Loetz Klostermühle, um 1920
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Art Déco Vase / An Art Deco glass vase, Michael Powolny für Loetz Klostermühle, um 1920
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €240- €480
€2401 Bid
Iridescent Glazed Loetz Style Fazzoletto Art Glass Vase
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Iridescent Glazed Loetz Style Fazzoletto Art Glass Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
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Art Déco Schaumglas-Vase / An Art Deco glass vase, Johann Loetz Wwe, Klostermühle, um 1920
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Art Déco Schaumglas-Vase / An Art Deco glass vase, Johann Loetz Wwe, Klostermühle, um 1920
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €80- €160
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Doppelhalsvase mit Nuppendekor, Loetz Witwe, Österreich, Entwurf 1904
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Doppelhalsvase mit Nuppendekor, Loetz Witwe, Österreich, Entwurf 1904
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €1,250- €2,500
€1,2000 Bids
MICHAEL POWOLNY (1871-1954) FOR LOETZ VASE, CIRCA 1930
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
MICHAEL POWOLNY (1871-1954) FOR LOETZ VASE, CIRCA 1930
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
MICHAEL POWOLNY (1871-1954) FOR LOETZ BOWL, CIRCA 1918
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
MICHAEL POWOLNY (1871-1954) FOR LOETZ BOWL, CIRCA 1918
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
Silver Overlay Iridescent Art Glass Vase
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Silver Overlay Iridescent Art Glass Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $275- $2,750
$2750 Bids
Loetz green crackle finish art glass vase
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Loetz green crackle finish art glass vase
by King Galleries
Est: $300- $450
$1500 Bids
LOETZ IRIDESCENT ART GLASS VASES, LOT OF TWO,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
LOETZ IRIDESCENT ART GLASS VASES, LOT OF TWO,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Loetz, a Secessionist iridescent glass a
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
Loetz, a Secessionist iridescent glass a
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£4800 Bids
Loetz, a pair of Secessionist iridescent
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
Loetz, a pair of Secessionist iridescent
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£6000 Bids
Loetz Attr. Delphi Green Glass Vase
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Loetz Attr. Delphi Green Glass Vase
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
LOETZ ATTRIBUTED CARNEAL ART GLASS VASE,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
LOETZ ATTRIBUTED CARNEAL ART GLASS VASE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Michael Powolny for Loetz, a Secessionis
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
Michael Powolny for Loetz, a Secessionis
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £500- £800
£3000 Bids
Koloman Moser, Loetz, "Ice" Water Pitcher, c. 1902
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Koloman Moser, Loetz, "Ice" Water Pitcher, c. 1902
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Antique Iredescent Flare Top Vase
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Iredescent Flare Top Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $50- $500
$500 Bids
Jugendstil Langhalsvase 'Papillion', Loetz Witwe, Österreich, um 1900
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Jugendstil Langhalsvase 'Papillion', Loetz Witwe, Österreich, um 1900
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€1,2000 Bids
THREE ART NOUVEAU IRIDESCENT LOETZ STYLE GLASS SHADES. 12 cm x 12 cm. (3)
Oct 11, 9:30 AM BST
THREE ART NOUVEAU IRIDESCENT LOETZ STYLE GLASS SHADES. 12 cm x 12 cm. (3)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£40 Bids
Loetz Austria Silvered Acid Etched Iridescent Art Glass Vase
Nov 06, 10:00 AM PDT
Loetz Austria Silvered Acid Etched Iridescent Art Glass Vase
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
Loetz, a Secessionist iridescent Papillo
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
Loetz, a Secessionist iridescent Papillo
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£9000 Bids
Loetz, a small Secessionist iridescent g
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
Loetz, a small Secessionist iridescent g
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £400- £500
£2200 Bids
Loetz Art Glass Sterling Silver Overlay Orange Papillon Ruffled Vase circa 1900
Nov 06, 10:00 AM PDT
Loetz Art Glass Sterling Silver Overlay Orange Papillon Ruffled Vase circa 1900
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $600- $700
$4500 Bids
LOETZ, AUSTRIA PAIR OF JUGENDSTIL TWIN-HANDLED VASES, CIRCA 1900
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
LOETZ, AUSTRIA PAIR OF JUGENDSTIL TWIN-HANDLED VASES, CIRCA 1900
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £900
£3000 Bids
Loetz iridescent gold glass vase with a bulbous body, flared lip, and four buttr
Oct 18, 5:30 PM EDT
Loetz iridescent gold glass vase with a bulbous body, flared lip, and four buttr
by Antique Place
Est: $800- $1,200
$2250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Loetz Glass


Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

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Auktionshaus Schwab

Kinghams Auctioneers

Kinghams Auctioneers

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida