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Auction: Design: Vienna and the Wiener Werkstätte
was auctioned on: 3 March 2011
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Josef Hoffmann

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Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:  US$10,000
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Josef Hoffmann Rare vase ca. 1911 Etched opaque and brown flashed glass. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm.) high Executed by Johann Loetz Witwe, Bohemia.
Literature Gabriele Fahr-Becker, Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932, Cologne, 2003, p. 125 for a similar example; Jan Mergl, et al., Loetz: Bohemian Glass 1880-1940, New York, 2003, p. 237, fig. 195 for a similar example; David Hanks ed., The Century of Modern Designs: Selections from the Lilianne and David M. Stewart Collection, Montreal, 2010, p. 19 for a similar example Catalogue Essay Josef Hoffmann's decoration for the present vase comprises cordate leaves and bellflowers held within a strict geometric ground. Hard shapes against soft, Hoffmann's motif hints at the Wiener Werkstätte's many contradictions: checkerboards versus blossoms; gold versus clay. Cased flowers bloomed often at the Werkstätte; examples include a gold and opal pendant by Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill (1911); a ceramic jar by Dagobert Peche (1912); Mäda Primavesi’s gold and ivory bracelet designed by Hoffmann (1914); and, much earlier, in the Werkstätte’s own monogram -- the rose mark. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Design: Vienna and the Wiener Werkstätte
Date of the auction: 3 Mar 2011
Address: Phillips
New York