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The name Lötz comes from a man who apparently had very little to do with glass, Johann Lötz. Some time after he died in 1844, his wife Suzanna remarried, to Dr. Franz Gerstner. In 1851, the bought the Klastersky Mlyn glassworks, which was originally founded in 1836 by Johann Baptist Eisner von Eisenstein, in the town of Klostermuhle, south Bohemia. The name of the factory was changed to Johann Lötz Witwe, which means "the widow of Johann Lötz". This was shortened to Lötz, and around the turn of the century was anglicized to Loetz.

Susanna's grandson Max Ritter von Spaun took over the company in 1879, and a year later hired Eduard Prochaska as director. Production moved from domestic utility glass to luxury glass, and in 1895, inspired by Tiffany, Loetz began to make Art Nouveau style glassware with an iridescent lustre finish, for which Loetz is so well known today. The Loetz glassworks closed in 1947.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson.

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Loetz Art Nouveau 1900's Glass Creta Rusticana Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase in the style of a jug, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Rusticana" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau 1900's Glass Creta Rusticana Jug/Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase / jug, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Rusticana" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau 1900's Glass Creta Rusticana Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Rusticana" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau 1900's Glass Creta Rusticana Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Rusticana" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau 1900's Glass Creta Glatt Vase

A green glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Glatt" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau Green Glass Creta Glatt Vase

A green glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Glatt" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau Green Glass Olympia Glatt Vase

A pale green glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Olympia Glatt" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau Green Glass Olympia Glatt Vase

A pale green glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Olympia Glatt" pattern range.

Art Nouveau 1900's Loetz Green Glass 'Neptun' Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Neptun" pattern range.

Loetz Art Nouveau Antique Green Glass Creta Rusticana Vase

A green textured glass Art Nouveau vase, made by Loetz / Lötz, part of the "Creta Rusticana" pattern range.


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References

For more information on Loetz / Lötz glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Loetz Austria, 1900 | ISBN 978-3900282264


Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940 | ISBN 978-0966837612


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

Websites

www.loetz.com
www.kralik-glass.com