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Vase Hans Bolek Loetz etched decoration ca. 1915

SKU 769 , ,

Vase, Hans Bolek, Johann Loetz Witwe, etched decoration, for the Exhibition österreichisches Kunst- und Exportglas für Kunst und Industrie 1915

  • Height: 17cm
  • Width: 17cm
  • Date: 1915 to 1915
    Epoch: Art Nouveau
    Technique: glass, blue overlay, etched and cut
    Bib.: E. Ploil, H. Ricke u.a. (Hg.), „Loetz – Böhmisches Glas 1880-1940“, vol. II, Musterschnitte, Prestel Verlag, München 1989, paper pattern 663, p. 230.
    26.000,00 incl. VAT
    SKU 769 , ,
    Description

    Particularly since the turn of the century, the Johann Loetz Witwe glass manufactory has sought collaborations with renowned European artists.

    Hans Bolek, a student of Josef Hoffmann, persuades with a strict, Viennese manner with his striking etched decoration. This excellently preserved piece of Jugendstil glass belongs to the group of multi-layered overlay glasses. The heart leaf frieze, which is interrupted by vertical stripes, is particularly striking and typical for Bolek’s designs. Above all, the simplicity of these lines allows for an aesthetic balance to the otherwise playful decorative vegetal ornaments The use of a geometrically reduced frieze reinforces the aesthetic interaction between these two contrasting qualities within the decoration.

    ARTIST

    Hans Bolek (Vienna 1890 – 1978 Vienna) was an Austrian architect and designer. Born in Vienna in 1890, he studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts with Josef Hoffmann from 1906 to 1910. At the same time, he was also an employee in the studio of Otto Prutscher. In 1910, Bolek became self-employed as an architect and in 1914 he was a founding member of the Austrian Werkbund. He provided designs for buildings and, as a versatile designer, created furniture, ceramics, glass and jewellery. After the Second World War, Bolek taught at the Vienna Fashion School from 1946 to 1962 and worked as a painter and graphic artist. Bolek died in Vienna in 1978.

    Glass collectors know the name Bolek because of his glass designs for the company Johann Loetz Witwe. Between 1912 and 1917, Bolek created numerous designs for form and decoration for the Loetz glass manufacture, including vessels that were explicitly intended for presentation at the famous Werkbund exhibition in Cologne in 1914. These so-called “Werkbundgläser” are not only an impressive testimony of technical mastery, their modern decors also differ fundamentally from the Jugendstil décors of the “phenomenon genres” from the Loetz company.

    Vase Hans Bolek Loetz etched decoration ca. 1915
    26.000,00

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