Luxury Design, Past & Present
This vase excels with its reduced and elegant form: like the stem of a flower protruding from its bulb, the narrow neck of the vase grows upwards and is crowned by the handle-shaped curved muzzle.
Robert Holubetz, one of Koloman Moser's most talented pupils at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, designed this vase on behalf of the Viennese glass publisher E. Bakalowits Sohne in 1900. The particularly harmonic vessel was manufactured by Loetz in different sizes and with various decorations.
Our specimen bears the decor Phänomen Genre 1/25, which is one of the rarest decor variants ever produced Loetz. The strongly shimmering iridescence in light blue on a pink background is divided in the middle by a strange, rhythmic ribbon. English collectors also jokingly refer to this decoration as "running dogs’ decoration", as the decorative strip can be interpreted as the outlines of bulldog heads.
The technical challenges in creating this decoration were considerable. What is even more fascinating here is the harmoniously shaped vessel and the delicate design on it with its astonishingly iridescent colour gradients.
The vase can be regarded as one of Robert Holubetz's most successful form designs and it is no coincidence, that this vase in its different decors can be found in almost every literature on Loetz glass.