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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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Rare Art Nouveau LOETZ - Rare RUBIN PG 8693 Vase Circa 1899 From Sumava Glassworks - Loetz
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Rare Art Nouveau LOETZ - Rare RUBIN PG 8693 Vase Circa 1899 From Sumava Glassworks - Loetz
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
$6006 Bids
LOETZ TITANIA Design Art Nouveau Vase of The Sumava Glassworks Loetz Circa 1906
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
LOETZ TITANIA Design Art Nouveau Vase of The Sumava Glassworks Loetz Circa 1906
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
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Attributed to Loetz 'Striefen und Flecken' glass vase, circa 1900
Feb 14, 11:00 AM GMT
Attributed to Loetz 'Striefen und Flecken' glass vase, circa 1900
by Bonhams
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
LOETZ - Art Nouveau Cobalt PAPILLION Vase w/ Handels - Sumava Glassworks - Circa 1915
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
LOETZ - Art Nouveau Cobalt PAPILLION Vase w/ Handels - Sumava Glassworks - Circa 1915
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
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Loetz Papillion Iridescent Glass 5 Mouth Fan Flower Vase, Early 20th Century
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Loetz Papillion Iridescent Glass 5 Mouth Fan Flower Vase, Early 20th Century
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
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Set of 3 vases, 20th century:
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Set of 3 vases, 20th century:
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €120- €250
€1200 Bids
LOETZ ATTRIBUTED MARMORIETE ART GLASS BUD VASES, LOT OF TWO
Jul 25, 9:00 AM EDT
LOETZ ATTRIBUTED MARMORIETE ART GLASS BUD VASES, LOT OF TWO
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Loetz Thea Ausfuhrung 227 Vase - Czechoslovakian Circa 1925
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Loetz Thea Ausfuhrung 227 Vase - Czechoslovakian Circa 1925
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Loetz Art Nouveau Candia Diaspora Iridescent Vase
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Loetz Art Nouveau Candia Diaspora Iridescent Vase
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Fabulous vintage signed Loetz art glass Jack in the Pulpit vase
Aug 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Fabulous vintage signed Loetz art glass Jack in the Pulpit vase
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Signed Hand Blown Loetz Creta Rusticana Art Glass Vase
Aug 10, 12:00 PM EDT
Signed Hand Blown Loetz Creta Rusticana Art Glass Vase
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $300- $600
$500 Bids
Signed Hand Blown Loetz Creta Rusticana Bulbous Art Glass Vase
Aug 10, 12:00 PM EDT
Signed Hand Blown Loetz Creta Rusticana Bulbous Art Glass Vase
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $300- $600
$500 Bids
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LOETZ THREAD VASE & CHARLES SCHNEIDER VASE
Jul 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOETZ THREAD VASE & CHARLES SCHNEIDER VASE
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Loetz Iridescent Gold Art Glass Papillon Vase Iridescent 1st half 20th cen
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Loetz Iridescent Gold Art Glass Papillon Vase Iridescent 1st half 20th cen
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
Loetz Pampas Iridescent Art Glass Vase Green Blue circa 1900
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Loetz Pampas Iridescent Art Glass Vase Green Blue circa 1900
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$9000 Bids

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