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Symbolist Heckert Cyprus Glass & Enamel Vase by Max Rade

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Posted 4 years ago


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Beautiful and relatively rare enamel and “Zypernglaser” art glass vase designed by Max Rade in symbolist style and executed by Glasfabrik Fritz Heckert (Petersdorf, Germany; circa 1898). Rade’s enamel work features an interesting mix of Egyptian and traditional Art Nouveau floral motifs that is rife with symbolism. The vase has a polished pontil and fired rim. Dimensions: 5.25”(H) x 3.25”(W).

Though unsigned, this vase is decidedly a Max Rade designed Heckert piece, as it is illustrated in the Passau Glass Museum catalog; though in a different base colored glass (see Das Bohmische Glas, Band V, pg. 63, fig. V.84). PM notes associated with that vase example indicate that this sphinx/poppy motif is production #495/10. Josephinehutte reportedly made the “Zypernglaser” for Fritz Heckert and supplied it from 1881-1910.

Max Rade (1840 - 1917), a well-known professor at the Art Academy in Dresden, provided designs for Glasfabrik Fritz Heckert from 1898 to 1900. This vase is an example of his earliest work for the company and reflects a series of vases all with mixed mythological and traditional Art Nouveau / Jugendstil motifs.


  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 4 years ago
    Nice example!
  2. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Thanks. What's interesting is the text from the PM catalog, which indicates that these vases were mold blown. But, if this was the case, then why the polished pontil and fired rim?
  3. famatta127 famatta127, 4 years ago
    A lot of fine glass, including Loetz was mold blown in the initial steps of production. That really has no bearing on whether it will have a fired rim and pontil. It was a way of keeping production shapes/heights/width stable on a daily basis.
  4. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    So, what was the purpose of the pontil on the mold blown vases? I've seen mold blown without pontils on cheaper pieces. Was the pontil only necessary to fire the rim on vases like mine above where additional glass or material application is not necessary to the decor?
  5. famatta127 famatta127, 4 years ago
    I have some old production diagrams I will send you when I get a chance. Theres too much to describe here.
  6. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Cool. Thanks, Tony.
  7. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 4 years ago
    Beautiful vase and very informative description its history and makers. Thanks for sharing it with us. BTW, if you have Cantz's book on Loetz pg 346 & 347 includes a pictoral description showing how Loetz made blew & decorated a PG 691/PN 691.
  8. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Boy, that's a sore subject with me. I've been looking for a copy of Cantz for months! Impossible to find these days without paying $500...which is insane.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Fabulous vase!
    I'm looking for links: Sphinx (Phix) and poppies?
    Is it an emblem of Thebes?
    The Centaur and a red lily?
    Diana (Artemis) and Blueten?

    And about the "Cantz" .... I agree totally.
  10. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    You forgot the Pearl of Wisdom under the Sphinx paw. Additionally, the neck is decorated with a stylized version of the Eye of Horus. It's clear that Rade knew his mythology, probably a byproduct his experiencing the Egyptian Revival period.

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