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Robert,Wow, I have some of...
Robert,Wow, I have some of my mother's pieces that I hope you can give me some information about. This is a small green iridescent vase - perhaps 6" tall. There is a very faint word or lettering in the silver in the close-up photo. Does this give you any indication of who made it?
Wish I had taken the photos for you. If you need anything different, just let me know.
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Hi Martina,

Just letting you know I got the iridescent vase.

Many thanks!

Robert.

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Antique Expert: Robert S., Antiques and Collectibles Researcher replied 9 months ago

Hi Martina,

This is a gorgeous little piece of glass and, yes! That "L" says it all.

The faint letters to the right of the script "L" should say "STERLING" in upper case.

The glass is by top Bohemian/Austrian maker Loetz, though the script "L", interestingly, does not stand for "Loetz", it's the mark of the La Pierre Manufacturing Co. New York, so the glass was made in Europe and the silver overlay was done in America.

Silver overlay on glass is an extremely skillful and technical feat to master and only America, Japan and Germany have been able to make a commercial success of it.

The Germans and the Americans invented the process almost simultaneously and in Europe it was one particular German, Friedrich Deusch, who took out the first patents. He came up with a method of coating silver in intricate patterns onto glass (or porcelain) in a three step process that permanently fused it to the surface by first etching with hydrofluoric acid and, second, painting on a flux of solvent and powdered silver and third, building up a thick layer using electrolysis.

It was around 1905 when the first silver overlay in was done in America (by the Electrolytic Art Metal Company [EAMCO] of Trenton, New Jersey) so this is the oldest your vase could be, however, it was not until the 'teens and 1920s that companies like La Pierre began to specialize in silver overlay, so I would say this is the date of your piece.

It's the height of Art Nouveau elegance, with its flowing orchid blossoms, or are they irises? Hard to tell.

These are very desirable little gems of art glass and silver. This somewhat battered but similar example sold on line for $500.

I would give yours an eBay/auction value in the range of $600 - $900.

Full retail/replacement/insurance value: $1800.

Hope that makes your evening a little more iridescent! Or even "Loetz more iridescent", sorry couldn't resist!

Best wishes,
Robert.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Robert,What fun you have brought in this email! Thanks for the laughs, but more for the history of this piece. Mom always had good taste and this one is the most valuable of her choices. You have done a terrific job. Until I find another antique to have you appraise.......Martina
Antique Expert: Robert S., Antiques and Collectibles Researcher replied 9 months ago

Your mom had impeccable taste! I envy you this piece, so much artistry and lost artisanal skill distilled into one small object!

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