On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
Founded in 1903, the Wiener Werkstätte, or Vienna Workshop, produced finely handcrafted objects for daily use. Established as a cooperative of artisans, the group was led by the architect Josef Hoffmann and other pioneering modernists who sought to unify the fine and applied arts as a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art). Due to its emphasis on handcraftsmanship and luxury materials and processes, however, the Wiener Werkstätte’s designs were only accessible to an upperclass clientele. Although the Wiener Werkstätte had no prescribed style, simple squares, rigorous geometries, and abstracted floral designs were common motifs. Applied across a range of functional and decorative objects, they can be seen here in the Hoffmann-designed vase and container, alongside wineglasses by his former student Otto Prutscher and a cabinet of the same period.
Colorless glass overcased with dark red glass
Gift of Lisa M. Price
Stemmed glass of colorless glass with dark red cameo-cut decoration. Cylindrical bowl raised on a cylindrical stem on a circular colorless flat foot. Bowl with three tiers of cameo-cut decoration: upper tier consists of two thin horizontal bands above two bands of half circles, middle tier consists of a band of vertical rectangles, lower tier consists of larger vertical rectangles above solid band. Stem is comprised of stacked cubes with alternating sides of curved dark red edges and colorless squared edges.
Otto Prutscher (Austrian, 1880-1949). Glass, ca. 1907. Colorless glass overcased with dark red glass, 8 x 2 5/8 in. (20.3 x 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lisa M. Price, 2005.82.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.2005.82.12_or_2005.82.13_or_TL2005.90.12c-f.jpg)
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