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Michael Powolny (1871-1954) was trained as a potter, and in 1906, he founded the "Wiener Keramik" workshop with Bertold Loeffler, and their products were sold through the Wiener Werkstaette. From 1909 through 1936, Powolny was a professor at the School of Applied Arts in Vienna. The Putto motif featured prominently in his works and is almost universally linked to his name.
In 1918, Professor Powolny designed a series of glassware pieces commissioned by J&L Lobmeyr in Vienna and executed by Loetz. Some of these featured the clear glass "Putti" prunts. This piece in "bright opal" glass dates to around 1936 based on the form and the tiny "Made in Czecho-slovakia" square mark within the polished pontil. I photographed it against a black background so you might get an idea of the subtlety of the color.