Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil Loetz Art Glass Vase Orange circa 1901 Koloman Moser School Decor Franz Hofstotter
The form design for this vase can be attributed to Robert Holubetz. Between 1898 and 1902 he studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts under Koloman Moser and counts towards his most talented students. The paper pattern for the vase documented in the Loetz archive was demonstrably carried out in only five decor variants, this one being the rarest.
Our vessel bears the "World Exhibition Decor" created by Franz Hofstötter and presented for the first time at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. It is characterized by a strongly naturalistic surface design. The dark brown drawing at the bottom of the vase can be understood as a symbol for the soil, the spun bluish silver threads in the middle are interpreted as atmosphere or air, and the orange end represents the sun or the fire, all three elements that need to be harnessed when creating an iridescent art glass vase.
A strikingly beautiful detail is to be emphasized in the middle part, where the amber-coloured background can shimmer through the silver threads, which are only partly spun on the glass, thus ethereally symbolizing the element of the atmosphere.
Four fusions on the vase ribs underline the elegant lines of the vessel, which in its form may have been modelled on an open calyx and thus beautifully embodies the floral idea of Art Nouveau.
Bib.: E. Ploil, H. Ricke e.a. (ed.), „Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940“, vol. II, Musterschnitte, Prestel Verlag, Munich 1989, paper pattern 85/3874