Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil wine glass Otto Prutscher blue circa 1908 Meyr's Neffe for E. Bakalowits, Vienna
Otto Prutscher designed his colorful stemglasses with cut decoration for the glass distributor E. Bakalowits Söhne, Wien. They undoubtedly represent one of the most striking expressions of the geometric Viennese Jugendstil. As early as 1907, they were prominently featured in the renowned art magazine "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration”. In the following years they appeared in different publications, which shows the enormous success of these designer glasses among the people of the time.
The variation with a hemispherical cuppa is the most striking, since the organic form of the calyx stands in sharp contrast to the strict geometric décor.
Bib.: „Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration“, vol. 20, 1907, p. 340; Passauer Glasmuseum (ed.), „Das Böhmische Glas 1700-1950“. Vol. IV, Tittling 1995, p. 146; archive of the WW in the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, contemporary photo, inv. no. WWF 89-15-1, mod. no. I/195.