Thursday, 16 October 2008


Large Phenomenon Vase, 1901

Large Medici Vase, 1902

Astartig Vase, 1904

Neptune Vase, 1903

Texas Vase, 1904

In 1840 the Loetz glass works were founded by Johann Loetz in Klostermuhle, Austria. Its golden age was during the life-time of Loetz's grandson Max Ritter Von Spaun. He took over the company in 1879 and ran it until 1908, the year before his death. His assistant and technical specialist, Eduard Prochaska, helped him to invent, design, patent, and produce a series of new types of glass. These were to win awards at the major world exhibitions during the 1890s and the first part of the new century.

The Loetz glass works were amongst the leaders of Art Nouveau design, especially in iridescent art glass known as Papillon glass. Another typical Loetz model was an iridescent body with drawn trails, called Phenomenon glass. Around 1900 the company started collaborating with designers and leading artists, most notably Josef Hofmann, Koloman Moser, and Maria Kirchner.

In 1908 Loetz was taken over by Max Von Spaun's son. Although it struggled financially (going through bankruptcy in 1911 and again in 1931) there were several great designers whose work was produced by Loetz during those years and through the art deco period. These included Adolf Beckert and Michael Powolny.

Lötz: Bohemian Glass 1880-1940
A guide essential to both collector and novice.

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1 comment:

Paul Pincus said...

i love the title of your post : )

these are stunning. texas vase, 1904 is amazing. i've been obsessed with josef hofmann forever!