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Art Nouveau Loetz Klostermuehle Bohemia Tango Vase Production Number 597

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Vase Loetz (Lötz) Widow Klostermuehle Bohemia Art Nouveau Striped pattern once created by Michael Powolny (1871 - 1954) in year 1914, on behalf of the so-said Werkbund. This vase presented here is a variant of Powolny's design made by Loetz Manufactory a bit later. Manufactured by Loetz, Klostermuehle (Bohemia), made circa 1915. Decor: Loetz tango opal white glass / Austrian art glass vase with blue vertical threads melted into. Additionally, there are small flowers with leaves (= multicolored enamel paintings) scattered on vase's surface as well as edged by the blue threads mentioned above. Finally, the vase with wide round mouth is based on three dark blue feet shaped as balls / scoops. Form type: Tapering form type with wide round, slightly scalloped as well as overhanging mouth edged by blue thread. Please note: This Loetz vase has production number 597 and is a manufactory's variant of the vase with decor once created by Michael Powolny in year 1914 on behalf of the so-said 'Werkbund'. Bibliography: Loetz / Boehmisches Glas 1880-1940 (= Bohemian Glass), Vol. 1 (Werkmonographie / monograph of works), page 280, number 340 and page 286, number 350 Loetz / Boehmisches Glas 1880-1940 (= Bohemian Glass), Vol. 2 (Katalog der Musterschnitte / catalogue of patterns), page 228, number 597 = both volumes published by H.Ricke / T.Vlcek / A.Adlerova / E.Ploil, Munich 1989 Measures: Height 10.0 cm (= 3.93 inches) Diameter of mouth: 13.0 cm (= 5.11 inches) Excellent condition (there aren't any damages existing!)

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    Excellent. THERE AREN'T ANY DAMAGES / ANY RESTORATIONS EXISTING.
  • Dimensions

    H 3.93 in.

    H 9.99 cm

  • Diameter
    5.11 in. (12.98 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU101449381253

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About Michael Powolny (Designer)

As both a designer and a teacher, the Austrian ceramicist and glassware designer Michael Powolny was an important figure in the development of modernist aesthetics in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. His romantic sculptural pottery figures embrace the lush, dynamic stylings of Gustav Klimt and other progressive artists, while his functional pieces — such as glass bowls and vases — employ the simple linear and geometric ornamentation that marked the work of Josef Hoffmann and other members of the Wiener Werkstätte community of designers and craftsmen.

     Powolny received classical training in ceramics from his father, a potter, and at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, but later joined in the modernizing movement in the Austrian arts at the close of the 19th century. In 1897, Klimt, Hoffman, Koloman Moser and other artists and architects founded the Vienna Secession, a group that fought for freedom of expression against the city’s tradition-bound arts establishment. Powolny’s work reflects the changing times. He used classical figures in his ceramics — female nudes, cherubs — yet would dress them in modern ornament such as garlands of abstract, geometric flowers. Pieces from Powolny’s ceramics company were sold through the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) founded by Hoffmann and Moser, and Hoffman later hired Powolny to create ceramic ornamentation for his architectural masterpiece, the Palais Stoclet in Brussels.

     Powolny would go on to design glassware that combines elegant, tapering forms with precise linear decoration. His most influential work may have come as a professor at the School of Applied Arts, where he taught both Lucie Rie, the great Austrian-British modernist ceramicist, and the American potter Viktor Schreckengost, creator of the “Jazz Bowl,” an icon of the Streamline Moderne design. As you will see from the items on offer, Michael Powolny’s works have a double appeal: in their sprightly, endearing forms and as artifacts that document a period of signal change in the history of modern arts and crafts.

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