Luxury Design, Past & Present
The glass manufacturer Johann Loetz-Witwe Klostermuhle had his/its breakthrough in the year 1900 at the Paris World Exhibition. The highly iridescent glasses, mostly designed by the Viennese painter Franz Hofstötter, were honored with the Grand Prix, the world’s highest award for craftsmanship at that time. The decoration Phenomen Genre 356 was designed by Franz Hofstötter and was first used at the Paris World Exhibition 1900. This naturalistic and nature depicting decor was one of the most successful and most used decorations of his designs. The dark brown foot of the vase can be attributed as an allegory of the earth, the middle part carefully spun with gold and silver threads can be seen as the air and atmosphere, while the top depicts a sunset or fire, all three elements that need to be harnessed when creating an iridescent art glass vase. The vases for the Paris World Exhibition are among the most sought-after pieces when it comes to collecting Loetz.
The Koloman Moser pupil Robert Holubetz is most likely responsible for the form. The high quality of the glass is also demanded by the designer directly on the pattern cut: (translated from German) "2 lips; very delicately thin in the glass; wave-shaped profile; the upper edge cut not ground".