Posted 10 years ago
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.