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When did modernism in art truly begin? The late 18th and early 19th centuries witnessed changing trends as rococo excesses began to be supplanted by neoclassicism. By the mid 19th century, popular tastes began to embrace the fussy romanticism of the Victorian era.

During the last two decades of the 19th century and into the era before the First World War, new styles began to arise that were influenced by nature, geometry, and the embrace of industrial technology. This became manifest in several movements in art: Jugendstil - known in some countries as Art Nouveau or the Craft Movement, Secessionism, and in the years between the World Wars, Art Deco.

This 12.25" vase was made by Josef Rindskopf Söhne over 100 years ago, but it looks very contemporary to modern eyes in many ways. The symmetry of a simple organic shape has been somewhat broken as the hot glass was twisted and tortured by the artisan. The base glass is a marbled effect of alternating irregular bands of deep red and amethyst glass, very nearly opaque. On the surface, a highly iridescent and extremely colorful metallic iridescent layer was skillfully applied. The effect varies based upon the angle, color temperature, and intensity of the lighting.

One can conclude that such an object includes elements of Jugendstil and Secessionist styles, and was certainly a precursor to the later geometry of the Deco era. A clean modern aesthetic was already well established over 100 years ago.


  1. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Agreed, certainly a transitional style vase.

    BTW - This vase has a form close to the Rindskopf marbled/enameled vase pair I posted recently here on CW.
  2. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
    Yes - your pair is stunning, especially with the geometric secessionist gold enameling!
  3. inky inky, 4 years ago
    Breathtakingly beautiful.....:-)
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    I posted a similar one a few months ago. Love the brick red color. And of course, shape documented in the PMC IV. Art Nouveau fell into a barque and even rococo period, as evidenced by the decline of Loetz sense of design. On the other had, purity of line led to the highly uncomfortable, useless modernist chairs. I too admire purity of line and simplicity in decor: dolce et utile.

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