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Loetz vase designed by Josef Hoffmann, 1900. Commision of E. Bakalowitz Söhne, Vienna. Prod. No. COM 85/3804

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    In 1900 Hoffmann becomes the leader of both Architecture and Decorative Arts in Vienna, once Olbrich goes to Darmstadt. In the winter of the same year, Hoffmann and Koloman Moser organized the 8th Sezession exhibition to which they invite the British artists they admire the most: the Four of Glasgow (i.e. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Herbert McNair and their wives, the sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald) and Charles Robert Ashbee from London. They aso invited the Belgian Henry van de Velde. From that moment the style of the Viennese Sezession tends to straight and geometric shapes, as well as architectural forms in design (Leo Baumann, Leopold Bauer, Otto Prutscher...)

    In this Exhibition both Hoffmann and Moser present glass vases commissioned by the Bakalowitz firm and produced by Loetz. Both artists chosed monochrome glass with a matte iridiscence that enhances the shape of their vase designs (pic.4)

    These vases seen on pic.4 are the first glass items Hoffmann designed. Those with a wooden mount were produced in 1899 (and in their design we can see the strong influence of Mackintosh). The only one amongst those on the picture he presented without a mount is this vase we're currently sharing, and was produced in 1900. This is the first of his designs showing Hoffmann's mature style, with a very architectonical shape than he repeated later in many designs for the Wiener Werkstátte, and that reminds us of the Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio (designed by the Renaissance architect Bramante in Rome, pic. 3). Hoffmann is known to have visited Italy soon before 1900.

    In this vase, the three columns seem to drop from the wide eave-like top rim, letting the glass express its fluid matter quality. As Hoffman wrote in several ocassions, the materials used in the different decorative objects should be able to express its inherent qualities. As a funny bit of information, in the pattern paper we can see that there are indications that the columns should be either 2, 3 or 4, but it seems that the two and four columns choices were discarded as they appear crossed.

    Loetz would produce vases in this design using different decorations more appealing to the potencial buyer (pic.3), although these were not shown at the exhibition.

    The magazine Die Kunst published in 1901 a picture of the vases designed for the VIII Austellung with the original decors chosen by Hoffmann and Moser ,(plus another mounted vase). That's the image you can see on Pic.4

    PS: In this post the original pics were taken by Carlos, that's why they don't look like the ones I usually publish here. I'll ry and take more pics later, although Carlos's are also very good.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
    2. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      Wow Austrohungaro, what an outstanding vase!! The form and finish are spectacular! Great piece!!
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks AGH, COLORI, RICK55 and SKLO for loving!!!

      SEAN... didn't you forget to love? LOL
    4. sklo42 sklo42, 8 years ago
      What wonderfully interesting information too....text and images.....thank you.
    5. famatta127 famatta127, 8 years ago
      Very fine form.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      Excellent photos. I always have annoying flash/lighting glare. Excellent pieces also.
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Ahhhhh man......I am drooling again!!!!
    8. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Beautiful vase with great information on the piece!

    9. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 8 years ago
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago

      The text is Carlos's, who did all the research for it (after all Lötz is his collecting field. I just translated into English). So he says thanks to all of you for your compliments on the text!!!
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      yes I did forget . I just gave you some love!!!! :) ;)
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      LOL thanks SEAN! ;) Also thanks MAC for loving!
    13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      LOL!!! Your very welcome austro ;)
    14. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 8 years ago
      AUSTRO! you took my piece!!!! Love it!!!
    15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for yur love LOEZBUDDIES and LEE.

      Did you really bid for it, Lee? Well, in any case it was carlos who took it ;)
    16. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 8 years ago
      The "Green Lady" says that this is hers. The proof is that it matches her kimono. She says that that guy up there with the beard and glasses snatched it when she was not looking....
    17. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      LOL Vintagelamp!!! :)

      thanks for your love TREY!!!
    18. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Fabulous piece!...:-)
    19. surfdub66 surfdub66, 8 years ago
      Very cool piece !! Love the design & colour :-)
    20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks INKY and SURFDUB for both your love and the nice comments!!!!
      I agree with you SURF: the colour, even being so simple, is truly wonderful!
    21. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for loving, VLADIMIR and VALENTINO!!!
    22. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for your love GLUECHIP!!!
    23. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks STEVE for loving!!!
    24. kairomalte, 8 years ago
      Congratulation, this is one of the rare cases, where the item showed is commented by an informative article explaining some of the circumstances of its design and embedding in its contemporary surrounding. Thank you.
    25. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks MIKE, FERNPIG, COLLECTORMANIA and FRAN for your love!!!!

      Also thank to KAIRO for your congratuñations! We cannot always give so much information, but this piece is documented and there are old pics showing it and the exhibition it went to. I wish we had all those data for every simgle item!!!
    26. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for loving MAC!
    27. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks ALFREDO for your love!!!!
    28. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks BRATTJDD and MANI for your love!!!
    29. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for loving NORDICMAN!!!!
    30. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 8 years ago
      I just adore this style. Such a typical Art Nouveau shape. You are very lucky and clever to have vases like this inn you collection....
    31. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks ANNE, SURFDUB, RUSTFARM and SERGEY for your love!11

      And thanks anne for your so nice comment! I agree about the Lucky, but clever? ;)

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