Luxury Design, Past & Present
This decoration variant, also called “Phenomen Gre 377”, was first presented by Loetz at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 in “cobalt” blue. Loetz made use of it in many different forms in the coming two years.
With this décor the glass factory Loetz reused and improved an old technique in glassmaking to create an iridescent and cracked surface. The still hot glass vessel was chilled in ice cold water and the resulting cracks were melted together again. The “Lava” décor became a very fancied and successful decoration variant for Johann Loetz-Witwe.
Bib.: comp. identical decor in J. Mergl, E. Ploil, H. Ricke (ed.), “Lötz. Böhmisches Glas 1880 bis 1940“, Hatje Cantz publ., Ostfildern-Ruit 2003, p. 87, 108.