Lot 98: Loetz Witwe, Vase 'Phänomen', Bohemia, circa 1900
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Ruby-red glass overlaid with melted Phaenomen décor
Glass manufactory Loetz Witwe (est. 1836) - Famous Bohemian glass manufactory, c. 1900
Bottom with engraved signature 'Loetz' as well as arrow mark
Slender vase with padded foot
Revolving lustre décor in metallic iridescent wavelike merging green, blue and purple colors
Height: c. 31 cm
The vase is in very good condition with only minor traces of age and usage.
The products of the Bohemian glass manufactory Loetz Witwe constitute a highlight of Art Nouveau. In 1840, Johann Lötz bought the glassworks in Klostermühle, which were originally founded in 1836. After his death, the company was directed by his widow who eventually passed it on to her grandson Max Ritter von Spaun. Von Spaun modernized the operation and helped it in achieving world fame. The high-quality glass was sought after, especially because of its purity, intense colours and the metallic iridescent phenomenal decor. Loetz Witwe cooperated with important manufacturers such as J. & L. Lobmeyr, E. Bakalowits Söhne and Argentor-Werke and employed renowned artists like Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and the Wiener Werkstätte. (kre)
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