Most glass collectors will know the eye-catching iridescent glass in the Art Nouveau style (see left) typified by the production of the great glass companies Lötz (or Loetz) in Austria and Tiffany in the US in the late 19thC and early 20thC. The recent discovery of the Loetz pattern books in 1989 and work undertaken by collectors and researchers has shown us that much of the glass previously attributed to the company was in fact made by other companies such as Kralik, Pallme-König and Rindskopf. This makes sense as it’s business – if a product was successful commercially, other companies naturally would copy it or produce their own variations. Work is still being done and new discoveries are still being uncovered, and you can read all about these on the excellent websites loetz.com and kralik-glass.com. As collectors, we often want to know ‘who was the first’, and the jury is still very much out on this one. Many have suggested that it was Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was inspired by ancient Roman glass that …

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