Luxury Design, Past & Present
The glassworks Johann Loetz-Witwe Klostermuhle constantly experimented with new decorations and shapes. Around the turn of the years 1900 and 1901, the first vases with droplet applications appeared in Europe. Max Ritter von Spaun, the owner of the Loetz glassworks, was most likely inspired by works of Louis Comfort Tiffany when it came to the design element of the applied droplets. These technically sophisticated decorations have their own adornments at Loetz in the form of drawn, iridescent threads.
Our piece resembles an iconic design first presented by the Loetz company at the famous World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Decorations with droplet applications contributed significantly to the great success of the manufactory. This is also a very rare colour variation. The vase comes from the Barlach Heuer Collection and is marked on the bottom with the corresponding collection number (02-59 3061-05).
On this vase, the delicately executed applied droplets underline the dynamics of the round and slender glass body. At the same time, they form a counterpoint to the evenly warped, horizontal decor.