Loetz: Kolo Moser pitcher

For many years, a pitcher has been making the rounds on Internet as having been designed by Kolo Moser.  I recall having seen it as such in a book I did not buy.  I bought one of the six I own and the seller sent me an Anton Ruckl advertisement of a whole set, pitcher and six glasses, which I lost.  In the Passau Museum I found a shelf in a remote room which had two, in tantalizing green and red, together with some overshot pitchers, no identification.  And then, perusing through Ricke II, I found it on page 585: production number 3175.
The beauty of this pitcher is that the handle is not attached to the body of the vessel but is actually part of the design, and is hollow.  But I do have one pitcher where the handle is not hollow, and a green one where the handle is attached.  They all show mold marks and yet most have pontils and a fire polished lip; the large clear one is  is cut from the top and does not show a pontil, whereas the milk glass pitcher has a fire polished lip but no pontil.  I missed a pink one on  E-Bay, and hope another one will come around.  I have three sizes: 10", 8", and 7.5 inches. And, of course, the shape was copied by Kralik (or Palda), with a decidedly oval handle attachment.
The design is marvelous but it does have a flaw.  Whatever liquid gets into the handle will warm up at the touch of a hand. So, if you like your beer or white wine warm, go for it.  But it makes for a knockout presentation!

And here are the pictures.

RICKE II, 585


PASSAU MUSEUM, UNIDENTIFED CASE. I HAVE THE ROUND ONE IN BLUE.

TALL ONE, CUT FROM THE TOP; SMALL ONE, PONTIL

NO PONTIL.  IT COULD BE RUCKL

BLUE, PONTIL MARK


BLUE PONTIL



AMBER


HANDLE DETAIL

POLISHED RIM, NO PONTIL

VASELINE GLASS, PONTIL, ATTACHED HANDLE


ATTACHED HANDLE DETAIL

3175 FAMILY PHOTO

KRALIK'S "DESIGN SHIFT"



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