Luxury Design, Past & Present
Between 1912 and 1917, the architect Hans Bolek supplied numerous form and decor designs for the glass manufactory Johann Loetz Witwe. In the run-up to the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne in 1914, he also intensively studied the historical vessel shape of the goblet, as evidenced by some of the designs realized for this exhibition.
Here Bolek once again varies the theme of the decor "Opal außen Schwarz" and places the distinctive heart-shaped motif on the shaft of the goblet. He retains the division into a vegetal-ornamental and a geometrically structured part and additionally staircases the vase several times. With the stepping he anticipates what was to become a modern stylistic element in Art Deco a few years later.
Bib.: compare decoration in E. Ploil, H. Ricke e.a. (ed.), „Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940“, Werkmonographie, vol. I, Prestel, Munich 1989, p. 284
Bib.: E. Ploil, H. Ricke e.a. (ed.), Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940, Band 2, Musterschnitte, Prestel Verlag, Munich 1989, paper pattern goblet mod. no. III-805, p. 233
Bib.: see chapter Hans Bolek in E. Ploil, im Kinsky Editionen (ed.), „Wiener Gläser. Österreichischer Werkbund, Köln 1914“, Vienna 2014, p. 116-147