Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian (born in Pirnitz, Moravia), 1870–1956)
Overall (h. x Diameter): 19 x 7.6 cm (7 1/2 x 3 in.)
Medium or Technique
Glass with frosted and bronzite decoration
Not On View
Wine glass of smokey gray color with matte finish and bronzite decoration on the bowl. The glass has a round foot, a slinder stem that swells at its midpoint, and a straight-sided bowl. The stem and foot are undecorated. The bowl is decorated in black low relief with a double checkerboard pattern at the lip and base and a rinceau (band) of monkeys within a fruit-bearing vine.
No glass was produced at the Wiener Werkstätte; instead, designs were sent to manufacturers in Bohemia. These glasses are decorated with a continuous scene in a frosted and “bronzite” finish. Bronzite is a costly, labor-intensive technique in which glass is coated with a metallic alloy that is subsequently acid etched to create the pattern. The style of the patterns here-strong contrasts of silhouettes within panels-had become synonymous with the Wiener Werkstätte. The self-consciously naïve depiction of animals reveals the interest in folk art shared by many Werkstätte designers.
1993, sold by Pruskin Gallery, London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 27, 1993)
Museum purchase with funds donated by John L. Gardner in honor of Alan Shestack