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Loetz vase is decorated in the Cytisus pattern with dark blue design at the foot shading to salmon at the lip. The dark blue is further decorated with a wave design and random gold and blue iridescent spots. Blue is further highlighted with some red iridescence within the wavy design. Estimated at $2,500-$3,500, this vase sold for $4,740.
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In Pursuit of Rare Items
Rare Loetz vase in a Phanomen pattern has blue iridescent waves against a gold iridescent background. The blue iridescence has very strong purple highlights. The vase is further decorated with gold iridescent stylized leaves extending vertically up the body. This vase exceeded the $8,000-$10,000 pre-sale estimate, reaching $11,258.

New Website Launch
by Mark Ford, CEO
I wanted you to be among the first to know that we have just welcomed 2014 with a new website designed to make your online visit to Julia's as efficient, fun, and informative as possible. The new site is handsomely designed, chock-full of world-class photos, simple to navigate, and makes it easier than ever to find the exact auction, item, or price information you need. It can be found as always at www. jamesdjulia.com. You have come to know our website as an essential resource for all of your auction needs. We are certain that our new website will continue as that and more.

The new website features a clean, updated design that reflects our traditional look, values, and legacy. It features an enhanced "about us" section, named "Inside Julia's," which will give you an insider's perspective on the almost 60 year background of our company, as well as an overview of our founding priorities as stated by Jim Julia himself more than 40 years ago! Our company's specialty divisions-Rare Firearms, Fine Art, Asian & Antiques, Lamp & Glass, and Advertising, Toy, & Doll-are each brought to life with wonderful, full color... read more.

Now Accepting Consignments

This fine Loetz Phanomen vase has a twisted gold body and is decorated with platinum iridescent wavy pulled bands at the shoulder and waist. The vase is further decorated with platinum iridescent vertical zipper designs. Estimated at $2,000-$3,000, the vase ultimately sold for $7,110 at auction.

If you have a rare lamp or glass item or collection that you are considering for the June 2014 auction, please contact us. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items for our auctions.

Julie Killiam and Mike Fredericks To contact Mike or Julie, call 207-453-7125 or email us at lg@jamesdjulia.com.

Loetz Art Glass by Deb Petersen Fitzsimmons, co-founder of the new www.Loetz.com website
The main Loetz glass factory was originally located in Klostermüle, Austria in 1851 which is now part of the Czech Republic. While Loetz produced Victorian, Historicism and Art Deco art glass, the glory years for Loetz art glass production was during the Art Nouveau period. The Loetz factory officially ceased operation in 1939 so the newest piece of Loetz art glass would be over 75 years old! Several events helped to put the Loetz glassworks on the map. The first event occurred in 1879, when Susanne Gerstner, the widow ('Witwe' in German) of Johann Loetz, a glassmaker about whom we know very little, transferred the company-now called 'Johann Loetz Witwe'-to her grandson, Maximilian von Spaun. One year later, von Spaun hired Eduard Prochaska and the two of them modernized the factory and introduced new, patented techniques and processes. The Historicist Period

The first fruits of this collaboration were exciting innovations in Historicism glass (artistic styles that draw their inspiration from recreating historic styles), including Intarsia, the patented Octopus glass and the very popular marbled ('marmorisierte') glass which imitated semi-precious stones like red chalcedony, onyx and malachite. Success at exhibitions in Brussels, Munich and Vienna were crowned by awards at the Paris World's

Loetz Astraa Vase
Loetz Astraa Vase

Exposition in 1889. The next eight years were to be the most artistically significant and profitable period in the entire history of the company.

The Art Nouveau Period-the Glory Years The Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889 was located around the newly completed Eiffel Tower. Over 38 million visitors attended the Paris Exposition that summer and it was here that Loetz received world recognition for being one of the most innovative glassworks in the world when von Spaun was bestowed a Grand Prix Award.

Prior to the Paris Exposition, Loetz had begun creating its Phänomen glass consisting of iridescent surface decorated glass with

designs of trailings and colored spots applied in various combinations. To help elevate the firm's current productions, von Spaun commissioned Franz Hofstötter to create new designs and forms for the international exhibition in Paris. However, the decisions about how to carry out Hofstötter's designs were made by Eduard Prochaska, the director of the glassworks.

The company's success during this period had two prime drivers-the technical expertise of Prochaska and the business acumen of von Spaun. Loetz Witwe created many of its own designs, and also supplied glass commissioned by major customers like E. Bakalowits (Vienna) and Max Emanuel (London).

At the factory's peak Loetz had between 150 and 200 employees. During the years of 1898 to 1902, over 1.7 million pieces of Loetz art glass was produced in 3,500 different shapes and over 200 different decors in 30 different colors! The sheer volume of unique combinations of art glass created by this company during this period is staggering. But it is also why I enjoy collecting Loetz because I can fill a glass case with Loetz examples and each piece will stand out as being different and unique.

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.