Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil Johann Loetz Witwe Art Glass Bowl Orange Red Iridescent circa 1902
The "Cytisus" decoration, also known as "golden rain", is one of the most beautiful decor variations produced by the Johann Loetz Witwe glassworks. As with other decorations, Cytisus was also inspired by the secessionist taste in art in Vienna around 1900. The Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt in the Vienna Secession can be cited as an example of this type of artistic design.
The bowl captivates with its calyx shape, where form and decoration seem to harmonize. The rare color combination of "Maigruen" (May green) of the background with "Kaiserroth" (Emperor red) of the warped threads should also be emphasized. A fine volcano colored thread adds another layer to the delicate pattern. Intensely shiny silver oxide dots and the beautiful iridescence perfectly round off the appearance of this art glass.