(active c. 1900


c. 1900
Bröhan Museum, Berlin

This piece was produced by Glasfabrik Johann Loetz Witwe, Klostermühle, Bohemia (today Czech Republic).

Glass as the architectural medium of transparency and weightlessness offered Art Nouveau a new discipline, one which extended to the sphere of small objects. Iridescent colours and vegetal modelling find more elegant and noble expressions in glass than in other materials. In Bohemia, which boasted a long and glorious tradition of glassmaking, the flowering of handicrafts around the turn of the century helped elevate Bohemian glass to new heights and international renown. Many factories produced pieces testifying to the happy alliance of ornamental style and glass.

At the forefront of Austrian glassmaking was the Loetz' Witwe company. Physical chemistry, which had emerged as a new discipline around 1870, provided the foundation for the delicate lustre and iridescent glassware issuing from Loetz' Witwe.

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