June 2001

 

This Month


Loetz and Found

Oscar Who?

A Yesterday At The Office

Tiffany Galore…


Compiled by Bryan McMullin

 

What follows is a random assortment of art and antiques related websites that we have visited and enjoyed in the last few weeks. Your discoveries and suggestions are always welcome.

 

 Loetz and Found

http://gallery.uunet.be/Loetzweb/

Loetz glass is one of those collecting fields that have evolved radically over the past 20 or so years. It used to be that if it remotely resembled Tiffany glass but wasn’t, most dealers called it Loetz. This site straightens out much of the confusion about what actually IS Loetz and the other makers of glass with which it is commonly confused.

The bulk of the site is dedicated to a detailed history of Loetz glass itself, and the historic context in which it evolved. Far beyond the striated green iridescent glass, which is perhaps most commonly associated with this name, the enormous variety and fine quality glass from this maker is examined in depth. Loetz is clearly not the second rate glass that it was considered years ago, as this site makes abundantly clear.

Possibly the most useful for those less familiar with Loetz are the sections on identifying and authenticating Loetz, and the sections on other, similar glassware by other makers that are most commonly confused with both Loetz and each other. There is not much information on price here, but that is a minor consideration when the rest of the information is so worthwhile.

 Oscar Who?

http://www.oscarbach.org/index.htmll

Oscar Bach was a metal smith, designer, manufacturer whose work, until recently, was largely overlooked. His designs, which include furniture, accessories, and architectural work with an emphasis on lighting, do not quite fit into any of the neat categories of popular collecting, although various styles and models would work well with anything from high Victorian to Art Deco. He seems to fall into the cracks between styles, eras and collecting trends.

This is the website of "The Friends of Oscar Bach" who apparently hope to remedy that situation. My attempts in the past to find information on this craftsman have lead nowhere, so this proved to be a welcome addition to what little I had been able to discover about this American counterpart to noted French metal smith Edgar Brandt. The site offers biographical information, a photo gallery of his works, excerpts from period publications about Bach, and dozens of links to related sites, a number of which are buildings where Bach’s work can be viewed. This site is a welcome tribute to an artisan who has long been overlooked.

 A Yesterday At The Office


 


http://www.yesterdaysoffice.com/

Only a few years ago the collecting of vintage office equipment was not especially popular and was focused almost exclusively on the most obscure models of typewriter. Now it seems that it is among the fastest growing fields of collecting. The general focus still seems to be on the typewriter, and this site is no exception in that, but just about every office related implement, from rulers and slide rules to adding machines and electronic calculators, has found its own following.

This site is an e-zine devoted to the collecting of vintage office stuff and disseminating information about this collecting field. There are dozens of illustrated articles on a variety of office related topics. The quality and information offered by these features is erratic at best, but most of them are interesting at the very least. The site also provides numerous links to other office machine related sites, so if you don’t find the information you are looking for here, there are plenty of leads for you to follow.

 Tiffany Galore…

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Choir/7564/

This is the site of the Tiffany Studios Resource Center. The site itself is quite simple, consisting primarily of an extremely detailed chronology of L.C. Tiffany and Tiffany Studios. What it does offer in spades however is an extensive listing of links to other sites pertaining to the work of Tiffany Studios. These can range from fairly comprehensive articles about Tiffany Studios and their products to very simple pages offering images of windows.

All of the places this site will take you would be locatable in other ways with a search engine, but this gives visitors an edited version, albeit one in which a few links are out of date or take you to seemingly unrelated places. A bit of updating is in order here but still worth a visit.