Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil Mouth-Blown Glass Vase Johann Loetz Witwe Phenomen Genre 3/430 "Gelb" circa 1903 Yellow
The Paris World Exhibition in 1900 was a great success for the glassworks Johann Loetz Witwe. The Bohemian company attracted international attention with its colorful, radiant decorations that would later become known as the so-called Phenomenon Genres. As early as the 1890s, Loetz experimented with colored and strongly iridescent glass and increasingly resorted to outside artists and designers to multiply their product range.
The Phenomen Gre 3/430 decoration was created in the year 1903. In the books of Ploil and Prestel this decor is refered to as "a very complex motiv with inlaid eyes". It was also used for some pieces of reknowned designers and is one of the most beautiful decoration variants of that time. The metallic blue drops on the bright yellow ground are highly iridescent and have rich jewel colors.
The elegant Jugendstil shape together with a rare, extraordinary decoration make this object a highlight in every glass collection.
Bib.: Passauer Glasmuseum (ed.), „Das Böhmische Glas 1700-1950“. Vol. IV, Tittling 1995, p. 53