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Loetz Dresser Jar, Hans Bolek design, Form Nr. 812/12 cm, ca. 1916 - with original paper label

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Loetz Art Glass685 of 959Loetz Phänomen Genre 1/696 or 1/215 circa 1902-04, signed Loetz crackle jug
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Posted 2 years ago

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Hans Bolek's collaboration with Loetz began after they were commissioned to produce a series of pieces by the Oesterreichischer Werkbund (of which Bolek was a member) for inclusion in the Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne in 1914. Although Loetz's association with the Werkbund ended immediately thereafter, their association with Hans Bolek continued until 1923.

Hans Bolek was born in Vienna in 1890. He studied at the School for Applied Arts in Vienna under Josef Hoffmann, at the same time he also worked for Otto Prutscher’s architectural studio. In 1910 he set up as a free-lance architect. Bolek was not just an architect but also a painter who designed furniture, jewelry and glassware, most notably pieces such as this one for Loetz. Professor Hoffman died in 1978 in Vienna.

The gummed paper label on this piece came in two varieties - white writing on a black background or black on a gold background, and was used in the 1920s and 1930s (its presence on this piece would suggest that it may have been used a little earlier).

Sources: Loetz Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940, by Jan Mergl, Ernst Ploil, and Helmut Ricke, and also the Galerie bei der Albertina in Vienna

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  1. Project_Harrach, 2 years ago
    Beautiful Deco Loetz piece, even the label is deco in design!
    Very interesting and educational article, thanks!
  2. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Brian! I believe these labels ARE the proverbial hen's teeth!
  3. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    Here's a possible Bolek designed piece...but in silver.

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/27477-eduard-friedmann-secessionist-hammered-s
  4. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    very beautiful.. fantastic piece!
  5. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks, B and Czechman!
  6. jericho jericho, 2 years ago
    this is what CW should do- inspire and educate. great find and even better research
  7. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Jericho :)
  8. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Kyle - I saw your example - very cool! If you don't mind, I would like to archive the photo of your jar in my Loetz reference folder?

  9. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    Thanks Kyle - I want to stay on topic with this thread, but on the piece you are talking about, I had good reason to think it was Loetz at the time based on a comparison to a shape comparison of a piece previously identified as Ausf. 140. I'm not so sure anymore.
  10. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 2 years ago
    No worries, but no, I haven't. As always, the more you learn, the more questions you have... :)

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