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Loetz Papillon "Cigarettes" Blue Oil Spot Silver Overlaid Vase

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Circa 1900; in a fine blue oil-spot glass with green interior
Item # 103TKV11P 

One of the most sought-after of Loetz variants, the "Papillon" decoration in the present vessel utilizes the green underlying glass to bring warmth to the strong blue iridescence of the textured surface. This is enhanced visually with the beautifully complex pictorial silver-overlay that was then applied, engraved and chased to draw a full landscape of a sun setting over a still ocean beyond the tropical island. Ventrils twist and rise into the sky and spread across as cloud cover carrying the word "Cigarettes" floating along.

The Papillon decoration was one of the most successful variants by Loetz around 1900. Ranging among the less expensive pieces from that time it was produced in many colors and on complex designs. The usage of a strong blue iridescence on a Candia (yellow) ground really stands out when looking at this piece. After the iridescence process the glass was covered with a complex silver-overlay which was carefully chased with an Egypt revival ornament and the word “Cigarettes”. Not only is it a beautiful work of art but also witness of the former interests of people around the turn of the century.

Measurements: 5" W x 2" D x 3 3/8" H

Condition Report:
Front edge of rim missing its silver overlay. Silver throughout slightly toned, as we prefer to leave it to oxidize, but can be hand-polished and buffed to a high-shine upon request.