Jugendstil LOETZ vase; Austria, ca. 1902.
Iridescent blown glass.
Vase in the form of an iridescent blown glass cup of the Austrian manufacture of Loetz, with a body in circular forms with an open mouth and four lateral handles of undulating forms. Violetta" decoration, designed by Koleman Moser, on a semi-transparent opal background with a violet-pink inner case extending into the lower part. Made exclusively for Bakalowits, for distribution in their shop in Vienna.
Provenance: Private Spanish collection, formed between 1970 and 2010.
Good condition. Normal wear and tear due to use and the passage of time.
Measurements: 23.5 cm (height) x 14 cm (largest diameter).
Johann Loetz Witwe was the most important maker of artistic glass in Klostermühle, Bohemia. The works of Johann Loetz are among the most outstanding examples of Art Nouveau. One of the oldest glassworks was located in Wottawattal, which was bought in 1850 by Johann Loetz, the founder of the company and former owner of glassworks in Deffernik, Hurkental, Annatal and Vogelsang. In 1879, Max Ritter von Spaun, grandson of Johann Loetz, took over the factory from his grandmother and continued to run it under the old company name "Joh. Lötz Witwe". The factory had previously been equipped with an important milling workshop. It was here that heavily cut glass and perforated enamelled intermittent glass was manufactured. The company began producing coloured glass in the 1860s. Loetz glass has always been special because of its purity and fiery colours, and was initially purchased as raw glass by the North Bohemian refineries, which refined it by painting and polishing. Later, due to the high regard for glass, the company started the production of special luxury items. The company was the first to produce so-called baroque glass (objects with applied glass decorations) in Austria. Sample warehouses were located in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, London, Brussels, Milan and Madrid, which soon gave the products a worldwide reputation. The glass ingeniously imitated all kinds of onyx, jasper, carnelian, malachite, lapis lazuli, inlaid glass, etc. At the anniversary exhibition in 1888, the "Kaiser Franz Josefs Vase", designed by Hofrat Storck and produced by the Lötz company in Grauonyx, was presented. It was the largest blown glass vase ever made. Most of the world exhibitions were filled with the company's special products and received the highest distinctions.