Wine Glass

Austrian
about 1911
Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian (born in Pirnitz, Moravia), 1870–1956)


Dimensions

Overall (h. x Diameter): 19 x 7.6 cm (7 1/2 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

1993.628

Medium or Technique

Glass with frosted and bronzite decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass

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.

Markings

none

Provenance

1993, sold by Pruskin Gallery, London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 27, 1993)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John L. Gardner in honor of Alan Shestack