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Josef Hoffmann/Vally Wieselthier/Wiener Werkstaette a Glass Centrepiece, 1917



An amazing vase with Reclining Female Figures. Designed, circa 1917, executed by Johann Oertel & Co, Haida for the Wiener Werkstätte. Hoffmann, Josef (Austrian, 1870-1956), Designer Wieselthier, Vally (Austrian, 1895-1945), Designer and Executor Joh. Oertel & Co. (f. 1896) the maker for Wiener Werkstaette (1903-1932). Signed "V. WIESELTHIER WW". An archive photograph is preserved in the WW Archives at the MAK, Vienna with inventory no. WWF 90-80-4. Colorless non-lead glass with red, dark blue, and light blue enamels; blown, bowl and foot joined while cold. Thin-walled bowl with slightly flared ground and polished rim enameled blue; walls divided into three horizontal bands with enameled decoration on colorless background; top band has two reclining draped female nudes on opposite walls painted in blue on white with shaded flesh tones, separated by panels enclosing linear floral designs in light and dark blue; narrow middle band edged in blue with four sections of angled vertical red stripes edged on one side in blue, sections interspersed with alternating single stars and cross hatches; lower wide band has two alternating rows of small blue flowers; hollow conical foot joined while cold, decorated in three bands; top - evenly spaced stars, middle - edged in blue and divided by same striped pattern of middle body band; lower - thick stripe of deep blue; base rim ground and polished.


  • Creator
    Josef Hoffmann (Designer),Wiener Werkstätte (Manufacturer),Vally Wieselthier (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.03 in. (15.3 cm)Diameter: 6.3 in. (16 cm)
  • Style
    Jugendstil (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EnameledBlown Glass,PolishedEnamel
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good original condition. No nicks or damages. As good as it can be!
  • Seller Location
    Skanninge, SE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FASGA1stDibs: LU1637213279492

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About Josef Hoffmann (Designer)

The Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann was a central figure in the evolution of modern design, and a leader in an aesthetic movement born in Europe in the late 19th century that rejected florid, extravagant ornamentation in favor of a new emphasis on simplicity of line. As a founder of the turn-of-the-century Wiener Werkstätte (in English: the Viennese Workshops), a design cooperative that produced superbly crafted furniture and housewares, Hoffmann was a pioneering practitioner of what would become a fundamental principle of modernism: that good design is a way of life.

     Hoffmann came of age amidst a shift in the culture of the applied arts, as a conservative order that looked only to the past for inspiration was pushed aside. But what, exactly, would replace that order was in question — and Hoffmann’s career embodies the developing patterns of design’s new spirit. His architectural work reflects his time as a student of the Vienna architect Otto Wagner, who disdained excessive decoration and employed new materials such as steel girders and reinforced concrete to create buildings with airy, open interiors full of light. As a designer of furniture and interiors, Hoffmann was consistently open-minded about the aesthetics he explored. He was an early adherent of the flowing, organic forms of the Art Nouveau design movement that began to flourish in the late 1880s — but by the opening of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, Hoffmann’s designs embraced the beauty of geometry in pieces that feature grids and angular forms.

     Hoffmann’s greatest works reflect his ability to combine seemingly conflicting design visions into coherent wholes. His architectural masterpiece, the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, has an exterior that groups together simple geometric forms and spacious interiors marked by subtly naturalistic design details that lend rooms an air of charm and geniality. Hoffmann’s signature furniture design is an adjustable lounge chair — the Sitzmaschine (1905) — that marries a curving frame with square and rectangular back- and side rests. This piece, like so many others by Hoffmann, reflects a groundbreaking, forward-thinking appreciation for the union of different looks and sources that marks the best of interior design in our own day. Moreover, items offered on these pages — which range from enameled silver jewelry, to a silver flower vase basket, to lighting pendants and sconces — testify to the astonishing breadth of Hoffman’s creative pursuits. He was truly a giant of design.

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