Vase with Multiple Handles

Object Name: 
Vase with Multiple Handles

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Object Name: 
Vase with Multiple Handles
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Overall H: 14.4 cm, Diam (max): 13.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
A decorative artist and sculptor, Michael Powolny is best known as an early 20th-century pioneer in modern Austrian ceramics. However, he also made influential designs for glass. A graduate of the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Vienna, Powolny founded the Wiener Keramik (Vienna Ceramic) workshop with the Bohemian ceramist Bertold Löffler, another graduate of the Kunstgewerbeschule, in 1906. Their products were sold through the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops), which promoted modernism in the applied arts. Powolny’s ceramic designs included geometric pieces in black and white for the Wiener Werkstätte and more traditional figural sculptures in bright colors, such as putti holding garlands. His work for the Wiener Werkstätte also included the design of the black and white tiles that decorated the bar and cloakroom of Josef Hoffmann’s Fledermaus (Bat) café in Vienna (1907), as well as the interior of the Palais Stoclet in Brussels (1908–1911). In 1913, Powolny and Löffler’s Wiener Keramik was dissolved, and Powolny began to produce designs in glass for the Loetz and J. & L. Lobmeyr glass companies. However, he continued sporadically to design in ceramic and porcelain, the materials for which he was best known. Powolny was also head of the ceramics workshop at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, where he taught from 1909 to 1936. This unusual Art Deco vase joins other designs by Powolny in the Museum’s collection, such as the footed Pokal “Opal mit Streifen” (Opal, with stripes), which was designed for Loetz in 1914 and exhibited at the Deutsche Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne, Germany, in the same year. Unsigned. The vase is Loetz product no. 935. Published in Elisabeth Frottier, Michael Powolny: Keramik und Glas aus Wien, 1900 bis 1950, Vienna and Cologne: Böhlau, 1990, no. 395, fig. 96. A larger version of this model is published in Helmut Ricke and others, Lötz: Böhmisches Glas, 1880–1940, v. 1, Werkmonographie, Munich: Prestel, 1989, p. 287, no. 352. This model came in three sizes: H. 23 cm, 18.7 cm, and 14.1 cm.
Galerie Bei der Albertina, Source
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Cobalt blue and purple glass; mold-blown with hot-applied handles. Inverted bell-shaped blue body on thin, sloping circular purple base. Multiple handles have been applied onto the body of the vase while hot, resulting in some distension of the wall of the vase. The design is Loetz Product Nr. 935.
Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937
Corning Museum of Glass 2018-06-23 through 2019-01-06
Today, we think of architects as people who design buildings, construct skylines, and help create the visual identities of our cities and towns. But at the turn of the 20th century in Europe, the term architect applied not just to people who designed buildings, but to people who designed all aspects of interior decoration. They believed their role was to seamlessly integrate a modern aesthetic into all aspects of daily life. For these architects, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and glass, played an essential role in completing their new artistic vision. Glass of this period emerged from a confluence of ideas, individuals, and cultures, and reflected a spirit of modernity. Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 explores this transformative period in Austrian design. Approximately 170 objects, including the installation of Josef Hoffmann’s complete room, Boudoir d’une grande vedette (first displayed at the 1937 Paris World Exhibition), illustrate the immense variety of techniques and varied aesthetics of Austrian glass during this period. Together, architects and designers built upon existing traditions of glassmaking by leveraging the network of design and technical schools, and relying on manufacturers, retailers, and exhibitions to promote and disseminate their ideas on a global scale. Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 is a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO. At the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, the exhibition was curated by Rainald Franz, MAK Curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection.
Modern Austrian Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 64-65;
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 50, #33; BIB# AI86878