Luxury Design, Past & Present
Luster with Loetz Glass Lampshades Phenomen Genre 7801 Viennese Jugendstil Austrian circa 1900
In Vienna around 1900, you could find both a strict, geometric, Austrian Jugendstil, as well as a floral Art Nouveau influenced by France. The main characteristic of the latter was a reduced formal language strongly inspired by nature, where flora and fauna are translated into decorative ornaments. This very finely crafted luster can also be attributed to this nature-oriented current.
This piece demonstrates the various possible applications of glass. Four symmetrically arranged elements hang from an elegantly decorative, hand-beaten brass structure, resembling flowers hanging from a plant. Each of these elements consists of a leaf-shaped brass mounting and a lamp shade, like a flower, made of Loetz glass. These lampshades, which bear the decor Phenomen Genre 7801, reinforce the impression of a blossoming flower with their evenly warped silver oxide threads. The main body of the chandelier is also elaborately decorated. In the centre of the luster there is a large hemisphere of opalescent Loetz glass. Surrounding it are four opalescent glass mosaics, this time in natural gemstone look, which are additionally set in copper and lead. The lightbulbs behind them make these mosaics shine even brighter.