Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil Mouth-blown Glass Vase by Johann Loetz Witwe circa 1899 Decor "Rubin" Phenomen Genre 6893
Loetz developed the first Phenomen Genre decorations in 1898 and they rapidly turned out to be the company's bestseller. Several publications in art magazines and exhibitions in various museums followed, including a particularly important show at the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (ÖMKI) in 1898. One year after the exhibition in Vienna, a vase of the same form as ours was presented in the summer exhibition of the Bavarian Association of Arts and Crafts in Munich. It has been depicted in the renowned magazine "Kunst und Dekoration" (Edition 50, 1899/1900).
This playful vase has an extraordinary shape, the inspiration for which could be found in nature itself. Very much in the spirit of Art Nouveau, the long, curved neck with a round body is reminiscent of a stylized calabash. The Phenomenon Genre decoration complements the sweeping forms of this delicate vase. Long, silver threads weave around the elegant neck and develop into smooth waves along the body. The strong iridescence complements the playful decor and gives the vase a unique sheen. On the bottom it bears the signature "Loetz Austria" as well as a very well-preserved original sales label.
Bib.: (comp.) „Passauer Glasmuseum. Das Böhmische Glas 1700-1950“, Vol. IV, p. 17 – genuine photograph from „Kunst und Handwerk“ 50 (1899/1900) p. 398.