(active c. 1900)

Loetz Vase

c. 1900
Glass, height 18 cm
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver

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

Loetz was recognized as one of the leading art glass manufacturers during the Art Nouveau era. The highly sought-after works are characterized by their remarkable use of colour, iridescent effects and organic shapes, with many pieces being inspired by nature, as seen in the example here. Johann Loetz opened his own glass-cutting factory in 1814 in Kasperské Hory, Bohemia, now the present-day Czech Republic. After various partnerships, he eventually founded his own independent company under the name "Johann Loetz." Upon his death in 1844, his wife Susanne became the heir of the company, changing its name to Johann Loetz Witwe, translating to "Johann Loetz's Widow." Notable for innovative contributions in the glassmaking field, the Loetz company won the grand prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

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