Art Nouveau Loetz “Titania” silver overlay vase. The Canadian silversmiths and jewellers Hemming Co. (Hemming Manufacturing Company) retailed the elaborate Art Nouveau water lily and vine pattern that repeats four times around the vase.
The Hemming Manufacturing Company was based in Montreal, Quebec,
7 5/8” (19.4cm) high, 4 1/8” (10.5cm) diameter at the shoulders.
It is in excellent condition.
The Loetz glassworks were founded by Johann Loetz in Klostermuhle, Bohemia in 1840. Although Loetz died in 1848, the glassworks continued under his widow’s direction as Glasfabrik Johann Loetz-Witwe (the Widow Johann Loetz Glassworks). By the 1880s Loetz had acquired the reputation as a manufacturer of innovative glass, both on technique and design, produced under the direction of Loetz’s grandson, Max Ritter von Spaun.
Loetz glass was well enough established to exhibit at the 1889 World Exposition in Paris and the 1893 Columbia World’s Fair in Chicago.
“Titania” was introduced in 1905 and produced in many colour combinations. The design was drawn over the coloured ground with steel-gray glass threads and finished with an outer casing of colourless glass.