Founded in 1866 in Warmbrunn or Petersdorf, Fritz Heckert Glass Works was a contemporary to some of the other great glass makers of the period such as Tiffany, Loetz, Moser, Poschinger, etc. Otto Thamm was born in 1860 and married into the Heckert family in 1891. He soon became their managing director but unfortunately died around 1905. Amazingly, Otto was almost never known and if not for the recent discovery of a design book in an old archive of a different glassworks, its very likely no one would have ever known much about Otto and his amazing creations.
His first significant designs started appearing in the mid-1890s, mostly at this stage continuing Heckerts tradition of fine enameling on other makers blanks. Somewhere at this time, Fritz Heckert acquired the capability to make their own glass in which Otto started his own designs of amazing Art Nouveau or Jugendstil art glass which could certainly rival any other makers of the period. Otto only survived 5 years into this new style production, dying at the young age of 45 which makes one wonder what he could have achieved with more time. This is really an extraordinary example of his work the pictures can express its beauty far better than any words we can convey. The vase does have a polished pontil on the bottom side, no signature was detected which is common for this glass.
It is further enhanced with a sterling silver overlay executed in an Art Deco design. From different resources throughout the years, it is our understanding that Art Glass from this period and region with overlay presented in a geometric design is somewhat rare and was mostly executed in Europe as the Art Nouveau designs which were more commonly done in the US. The silver is monogrammed on the front upper end MEMPHIS 05 L L J, it would be interesting to know the story behind the monogram. 5 tall by 5 wide handle to handle. The glass is in Excellent condition, free of any chips cracks or repairs and very minimal wear.
The sterling is in great condition showing light age related wear and tarnish. An Outstanding Piece Of Antique Art Glass!- - - - -. Most of the items we offer are either vintage collectibles or antiques and though we do try our best to point out any mentionable issues, as with all items of this nature, there may be slight imperfections or manufacturing characteristics of an item such as color nuances, bubbles, ash specks, tool or straw marks, etc. Please take time to view and inspect all photos. Color shades or tones may vary depending on background and lighting conditions as well as your or my monitor settings. Please inquire about availability and cost. The item "Rare Sterling Overlay HECKERT Art Glass Vase OTTO THAMM Design c. 1902 Loetz Era" is in sale since Saturday, January 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Bohemian/Czech\Other Bohemian/Czech Art Glass". The seller is "forthampton" and is located in North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.