Set of Six Wineglasses in Presentation Box

Object Name: 
Set of Six Wineglasses in Presentation Box

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Object Name: 
Set of Six Wineglasses in Presentation Box
Accession Number: 
Average Wineglass H: 20.3 cm, Diam: 8.5 cm; Box H: 9.1 cm, W: 44 cm, D: 33.2 cm
Not on Display
about 1907
Web Description: 
This set of six wineglasses was purchased in its original, ruched satin and leather presentation box, and it represents Otto Prutscher’s best-known design in glass. The series was created for the Viennese luxury retailer E. Bakalowits Söhne, and the glass was made by the Bohemian glassworks Meyr’s Neffe. The form and decoration reflect the artistic preferences of two important avantgarde groups in Vienna in the early 20th century: the Vienna Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops). The Vienna Secession was formed in 1897 when a group of forward-thinking artists came together to oppose the tooconservative society of artists in Vienna. The Secession artists, who included the painter Gustav Klimt, the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, and the painter and designer Kolomon Moser, wished to promote the arts and crafts and to bring more abstract and simple forms to the designs of buildings, interiors, and the decorative and graphic arts. Otto Prutscher, who studied with Hoffmann, designed in many materials, including ceramics, wood, textiles, and silver. In 1903, Hoffmann and Moser formed the cooperative known as the Wiener Werkstätte. The Werkstätte’s aim was to reform the applied arts with objects of exceptional design and quality, and Prutscher was one of a handful of the cooperative’s innovative designers. Similar goblets appear in Torsten Bröhan and Martin P. Eidelberg, Glass of the Avant-Garde: From Vienna Secession to Bauhaus: The Torsten Bröhan Collection from the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid, Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2001, pp. 38–39.
Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen, Source
Primary Description: 
Wineglasses: Colorless and ruby red glass; mold-blown, cased, cut. Tall goblet has wide undecorated foot, tall narrow stem and hemispherical bowls decorated with cut geometric pattern. Foot is colorless while stem and bowl have been cased and cut as stacked cubes with alternating colored and colorless surfaces facing out, resembling a chain. Presentation Box: Leather, Satin, Metal Fittings. Leather box lays flat and open with hinged back. Has fitted recesses for set of six cased and cut wine glasses.
Les arts décoratifs en Europe : de la Renaissance á l'art déco (2020) illustrated, p. 527 (#545);
Modern Austrian Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 30-31;
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #31; BIB# AI79879